The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop aircraft that serves as the main tactical airlifter for military forces worldwide. Capable of landing and taking off from short or unprepared runways, it was designed as a troop transport and cargo aircraft, but is now also used for a wide variety of other roles, including airborne assault, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelling, aerial firefighting and MEDEVAC. More than 40 different models of the Hercules — including several gunships — are used by more than 50 nations.
The C-130 family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, the family has established a solid record of reliability and durability, participating in military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations.
| ENGINE||4 x turbo-prop Allison T-56-A-15, 3085kW|
| Take-off weight||79380 kg||175004 lb|
| Empty weight||32800 kg||72312 lb|
| Wingspan||40.4 m||133 ft 7 in|
| Length||29.8 m||98 ft 9 in|
| Height||11.7 m||38 ft 5 in|
| Wing area||162.1 m2||1744.83 sq ft|
| Max. speed||587 km/h||365 mph|
| Ceiling||6900 m||22650 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||7900 km||4909 miles|
| Range w/max.payload||5800 km||3604 miles|
|HASSAN, HASSAN_AWAN=YAHOO.COM, 16.01.2009|
PLZ CAN YOU PROVIDE ME THE C-130 LOCKHEED TRAINING GUIDE,LIMITIONS BOOK AND EMERGENCIES PRODUCERS GUIDE
|Roger Thorne, roger_c130=yahoo.com, 13.01.2009|
Would really like to find somebody who can help me with the shape of fuselage stations from 737 thru 1041.5. I don't need each one but just a few.
|mike, johngoogag=yahoo.com, 09.12.2008|
c-130 coolest plane ever
|Lance, julieandlance=iinet.net.au, 22.07.2008|
The C133 was not a stretched Hercules. It was an entirely different aircraft built by Douglas
|Alan Meyerson, alanmeye=pacbell.net, 12.07.2008|
I grew up about 1 mile from Santa Monica airport. In the early to mid sixties I remember C-133's, a stretch version of the C-130, landing there frquently to pick up parts from Douglas Aircraft for the space missions going on at that time. Why is there no mention of that aircraft?
|"DD" Brown, ddbrown2=juno.com, 06.07.2008|
Antarctica...to an LC-130, it's just another runway. USN squadron VXE-6 operated there. I made eight deployments and consider those years some of the finest in my 20 year career.
|stephen russell, stephenrusell=sbcglobal.net, 16.06.2008|
Love 2 rent this plane for a group skydive jump exp.
& for a New gunship: Install a Laser system & add a Nose & Port/Stbd side Laser nodes & the AC130L can be a LASER gunship using Pure directed energy into targets.
Laser system must be portable & hooked into planes Laser firing ports & onto Nose cone turret for 180 arc firing fwd.
But retain the past AC130 gunships as proven support planes.
Wicked, Laser gunship.
|Jack R. McCollum, jackrmccollum=earthlink.net, 09.06.2008|
Between February 1972 and 1973 as an aircraft commander and IP I flew more than 100 AC-130E gunship missions over South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The 16th Special Operations Squadron was stationed at the RTAB in Ubon, Thailand and referred to as "The Four Engine Fighters Of Wolfpack", and our call signs were "Spectre" as we flew primarily at night. Our aircraft were armed with two 20mm vulcan cannons, one 40mm cannon, and a 105mm howitzer.
|Jerry Bryan, jrbtrail=gmail.com, 08.06.2008|
Instructor Flight Engineer and Stan/Eval. The normal Max. gross weight is 155,000 lbs. For special missions there is a waiver to 175,000 lbs.
|Dave Krone, truenorth116=aol.com, 08.06.2008|
I flew the Herc as a civilian for Alaska International Air both domestically and overseas. We had the -30's with Allison 501-22a's, just shy of 5000 horse power. A great airpland. We also had a MTOW of 155,000 lbs, but I think this was an FAA limitation. I believe the military flew at 175,000 lbs MTOW. Also had a max cieling of 32,600 ft.
|Paul Snyder, psnyder351=aol.com, 02.06.2008|
Years of working on the Herc, The best times spent with The Strategic Air Command & the D.C. 130. Supporting the Viet-Nam operations, out of Utapao Thailand.This bird has so many missions and it does them well.
|Joe Feltner, joe_feltner=yahoo.com, 27.05.2008|
I have flown on this aircraft for the better bart of 14 years as a Flight Engineer and also as an instructor Engineer and it is the best aircraft the air force ever bought. It will be around for a long time to come. I accumulated over 15,000 hours on the herk and love every minute of it. The 50th TAS is still the best
|Jerry J. Smith, j1j2=aol.com, 26.05.2008|
Have about 2,000 hours in the C-130E and RAF Hercules C.MK.1 as Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot. With the RAF -15 engines cruised well above FL30. Great airplane. A real workhorse and fun to fly.
|Sam Hunter, redi01=verizon.net, 19.05.2008|
Roger that on the ceiling limit. I have been above 30,000 feet in a D-6. We did some high altitude drops for the Army at Yuma Test Center.
|J Mawhinney, jtm012=comcast.net, 08.05.2008|
Ceiling calculation of 22650 ft is way off!
|Frank Hogarty, frankhogarty=sbcglobal.net, 03.05.2008|
I only flew the Herc for 2 1/2 years (2100 hrs) but seem to recall our max gross as 155,000.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?