Lockheed C-130 Hercules


1st Flight 1954

Crew: 5 (2 pilots, CSO/navigator, flight engineer and loadmaster)

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 takeoff 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


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)

Takeoff 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


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


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.


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.


Designation for RAF Hercules C1/W2/C3 aircraft (C-130Js in RAF service are the Hercules C.4 and Hercules C.5)


Gunship variants


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).


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


USAF and USN Drone control


EC-130E/J Commando Solo – USAF / Air National Guard psychological operations version

EC-130E Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center (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


Permanently grounded instructional airframes


HC-130B/E/H – Early model combat search and rescue

HC-130P/N Combat King – USAF aerial refueling 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


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


United States Marine Corps aerial refueling tanker and tactical airlifter


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


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


Permanent conversion for flight test operations


Maritime patrol


Surveillance aircraft for reconnaissance

SC-130J Sea Herc

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


Aircrew training


VIP transport


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

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