Lockheed C-130 Hercules

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed.

Capable of using unprepared runways for take offs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft.

Variants

C-130A/B/E/F/G/H/K/T

Tactical airlifter basic models

C-130A-II Dreamboat

Early version Electronic Intelligence/Signals Intelligence (ELINT/SIGINT) aircraft

C-130J Super Hercules

Tactical airlifter, with new engines, avionics, and updated systems

C-130B BLC

A one-off conversion of C-130B 58-0712, modified with a double Allison YT56 gas generator pod under each outer wing, to provide bleed air for all the control surfaces and flaps.

C-130K

Designation for RAF Hercules C1/W2/C3 aircraft

(C-130Js in RAF service are the Hercules C.4 and Hercules C.5)

AC-130A/E/H/J/U/W

Gunship variants

C-130D/D-6

Ski-equipped version for snow and ice operations United States Air Force / Air National Guard

CC-130E/H/J Hercules

Designation for Canadian Armed Forces / Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules aircraft.

U.S. Air Force used the CC-130J designation to differentiate the standard C-130J variant from the “stretched” C-130J (company designation C-130J-30).

C-130M

Designation used by the Brazilian Air Force for locally modified / up-graded C-130H aircraft

DC-130A/E/H

USAF and USN Drone control

EC-130

EC-130E/J Commando Solo

USAF / Air National Guard psychological operations version

EC-130E Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Centre (ABCCC) 

USAF procedural air-to-ground attack control, also provided NRT threat updates

EC-130E Rivet Rider

Airborne psychological warfare aircraft

EC-130H Compass Call 

Electronic warfare and electronic attack.

EC-130V

Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) variant used by USCG for counter-narcotics missions

GC-130

Permanently grounded instructional airframes

HC-130

HC-130B/E/H

Early model combat search and rescue

HC-130P/N Combat King

USAF aerial refuelling tanker and combat search and rescue

HC-130J Combat King II 

Next generation combat search and rescue tanker

HC-130H/J

USCG long-range surveillance and search and rescue, USAFR Aerial Spray & Airlift

JC-130

Temporary conversion for flight test operations; used to recover drones and spy satellite film capsules.

KC-130F/R/T/J

United States Marine Corps aerial refuelling tanker and tactical airlifter

LC-130F/H/R

USAF / Air National Guard – Ski-equipped version for Arctic and Antarctic support operations; LC-130F and R previously operated by USN

MC-130

MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II

Special operations infiltration/extraction variant

MC-130W Combat Spear/Dragon Spear

Special operations tanker/gunship

MC-130P Combat Shadow

Special operations tanker 

All operational aircraft converted to HC-130P standard

MC-130J Commando II

(Formerly Combat Shadow II)

Special operations tanker Air Force Special Operations Command

YMC-130H

Modified aircraft under Operation Credible Sport for second Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt

NC-130

Permanent conversion for flight test operations

PC-130/C-130-MP

Maritime patrol

RC-130A/S

Surveillance aircraft for reconnaissance

SC-130J Sea Herc

Proposed maritime patrol version of the C-130J, designed for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare.

TC-130

Aircrew training

VC-130H

VIP transport

WC-130A/B/E/H/J

Weather reconnaissance (“Hurricane Hunter”) version for USAF / Air Force Reserve Command’s 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron in support of the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Centre

Specifications

Crew

Capacity

42,000 lb (19,000 kg) payload

C-130E/H/J cargo hold

length, 40 ft (12.19 m);

width, 119 in (3.02 m);

height, 9 ft (2.74 m).

Rear ramp

length, 123 in (3.12 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m)

C-130J-30 cargo hold

length, 55 ft (16.76 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m);

height, 9 ft (2.74 m).

Rear ramp

length, 123 inches (3.12 m)

width, 119 in (3.02 m)

92 passengers

Or

64 airborne troops

Or

74 litter patients with 5 medical crew or

6 pallets

Or

2–3 Humvees

Or

2 M113 armoured personnel carriers

1 CAESAR self-propelled howitzer

Length

97 ft 9 in (29.79 m)

Wingspan

132 ft 7 in (40.41 m)

Height

38 ft 3 in (11.66 m)

Wing area

1,745 sq ft (162.1 m2)

Airfoil

Root

NACA 64A318

Tip

NACA 64A412

Empty weight

75,800 lb (34,382 kg)

Max take-off weight

155,000 lb (70,307 kg)

Powerplant

4 × Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines, 4,590 shp (3,420 kW) each

Propellers

4-bladed Hamilton Standard 54H60 constant-speed fully feathering reversible propellers, 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m) diameter

Performance

Maximum speed

320 kn (370 mph, 590 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)

Cruise speed

292 kn (336 mph, 541 km/h)

Range

2,050 nmi (2,360 mi, 3,800 km)

Service ceiling

33,000 ft (10,000 m) empty

23,000 ft (7,000 m) with 42,000 lb (19,000 kg) payload

Rate of climb

1,830 ft/min (9.3 m/s)

Take-off distance

3,586 ft (1,093 m) at 155,000 lb (70,307 kg) max gross weight

1,400 ft (427 m) at 80,000 lb (36,287 kg) gross weight

Avionics

Westinghouse Electronic Systems AN/APN-241 weather and navigational radar.

 

 

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