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.
To date over 2,600 C-130 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.