YouTube – C-130 Hercules
Max Cruise Speed:
US$14,014 per hour
4 – 4,591 hp. ea.
6 blade R391
4,551 cubic feet
112 ft. 9 in.
132 ft. 7 in.
The C-130 Hercules, built by Lockheed, can operate from rough dirt strips and is the prime transport of the West for parachuting troops and equipment.
The four engine cargo hauler has been used for airlift support, DEW Line, Arctic supply missions air medical missions, aerial spraying, air tanker, and a host of other missions.
It remains in production over fifty years after its first flight. C-130 Hercules airplanes have accumulated over 30 million flight hours.
Compared with earlier models, the latest C-130 Hercules version, the Model J, has a 21 percent higher top speed and a 50% increased rate of climb. It has 40% more range and can cruise at a 40% higher altitude than prior models.
The Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 turboprops of the Model J feature 15% better fuel efficiency while having 29 percent additional thrust. Its six bladed propellers are lighter and have fewer moving parts.
In the cockpit there are liquid crystal display (LCD) instruments for all major aircraft functions. The pilot and copilot use two holographic head-up displays and four multifunction head-down LCD displays. All displays are night vision imaging system compatible. There are dual redundancy mission computers which provide system diagnostics.
In September of 2018 Germany announced that they will purchase six C-130 Hercules aircraft including spares, maintenance and training for three years at a cost of US$1.14 billion. It is intended that the aircraft will be based In Evreux, France as part of a joint German-French squadron. Within the squadron there will be the ability for the exchange of aircraft, air crews and support functions. Missions of the C-130 aircraft will include air-to-air refueling, the transportation of persons plus cargo and air drops.
On Oct. 9, 2018 it was announced that OGMA, a subsidiary of Embraer, entered into an agreement worth some US$99 million with the Brazilian Air Force to provide overhaul, rebuilding, modification, testing and maintenance for twelve C-130 Hercules aircraft, including two air tankers. The C-130 Hercules is the primary heavy transport aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force.
Oct. 28,2019: The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Lockheed US$12,437,030 for “long term sustainment (LTS) for France’s C-130 aircraft. Critical components of LTS support include program management support; spares, supply support services; support equipment; diminishing manufacturing sources, sustaining engineering services, sustaining engineering/technical services, field services representatives (FRS), logistics service representatives, contract field team, FSR deployment/travel, technical order updates; technical order print and distribution; country standard time compliance technical orders; depot maintenance; aircraft modifications; and data and configuration management programs.” Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2023.
Feb. 4, 2020: France took delivery of its second C-130 Hercules tanker-transport designated KC-130J as a final delivery in its two aircraft purchase from Lockheed. The first aircraft was delivered on Sept. 30, 2019. Earlier in 2019, France received two “Super Hercules” stretched C-130 Hercules versions designated C-130J-30. The C-130J-30 has a 15 foot longer fuselage than the standard C-130 Hercules. That enables its cargo compartment to hold two additional pallets of goods. All the aircraft are based at 123 Orléans-Bricy Air Base and are operated by the 2/61 Franche-Comté transport group..
July 16, 2021: The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed US$57,843,433 “for C-130 Hercules model J long-term sustainment. Sustainment services include program sustainment support, inventory control point management, consumable spares replenishment, repair, sustaining engineering support, technical data, and depot activation in support of the C-130 Hercules model J weapon system”. Work should be completed by Jan. 31, 2022.
Dec. 23, 2019: The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Rolls-Royce US$83,723,062 for MissionCare propulsion support on the C-130 Hercules model J aircraft, as well as the initial task order in support of the French Air Force. “This contract and initial task order provides for the program management, in-country field support representatives, replenishment of spares, MissionCare service, travel and per diem, over and above as well as organizational and commercial depot level maintenance of the AE 2100D3 propulsion systems”. Work will be completed by Dec. 20, 2029.
Dec. 30, 2019: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Rolls-Royce a $US20,374,191 delivery order for C-130 Hercules model J Propulsion Long Term Sustainment. Work is expected to be completed Feb. 1, 2020.
Jan. 24, 2020: The U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center awarded L3 Harris Corp., Marietta, Georgia US$11,457,610 “for repair services of electronic flight indicators and radar display units” for the C‐130 Hercules model H. Work should be finished by Jan. 24, 2025.
Jan. 31, 2020: The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, Indiana US$62,973,620 for C-130 Hercules model J “propulsion long term sustainment”. This “provides funding for Option 3 and Power By The Hour flying hours”. Completion should be by Feb. 1, 2021.
Feb. 3, 2021: The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, Indiana US$57,360,519 for C-130 Hercules model J “propulsion long term sustainment”. This provides funding for Option Three and Power By The Hour flying hours. Completion should be by Feb. 1, 2021.
March 5, 2020: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed US$16,249,208 for the C-130 Hercules model J center wing box replacement program. “This contract provides for 14 enhanced center wing boxes and 14 component kits.” Work should be finished by March 30, 2027.
July 17, 2020: The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Lockheed US$15,000,000,000 “for C-130 Hercules model J development, integration, retrofit and production activities for all C-130J variants. This contract provides flexibility to accommodate the broad enterprise of activities associated with the C-130 Hercules model J program. This contract involves Foreign Military Sales and is the result of a sole-source acquisition.” Work should be finished by July 16, 2030.
To date over 2,600 C-130 Hercules aircraft of all types have been produced.
One of the most capable of all air tanker aircraft, the C-130 Hercules is used by numerous agencies. It is equipped with MAFFS, Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System. The system is designed to quickly convert the aircraft in to an air tanker. It consists of a total of seven components aboard the aircraft plus a ground based air compressor. It is capable of being installed in about 120 minutes. Replenishment of compressed air and retardant is accomplished in a little over 15 minutes. The MAFFS on board system holds 3,000 gallons which can be delivered in 6 to 8 seconds.