13 Facts About C-130 Hercules


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

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

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In 2007, the C-130 Hercules became the fifth aircraft to mark 50 years of continuous service with its original primary customer, which for the C-130 Hercules is the United States Air Force.

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The C-130 Hercules is the longest continuously produced military aircraft at more than 60 years, with the updated Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules currently being produced.

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The ramp on the C-130 Hercules was used to airdrop cargo, which included a Low-altitude parachute-extraction system for Sheridan tanks and even dropping large improvised "daisy cutter" bombs.

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The AC-130 Hercules gunship was first developed during the Vietnam War to provide close air support and other ground-attack duties.

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In 1963, a C-130 Hercules achieved and still holds the record for the largest and heaviest aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier.

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Flatley denied that C-130 Hercules was tested for carrier onboard delivery operations, or for delivering nuclear weapons.

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C-130 Hercules said that the intention was to support the Lockheed U-2, being tested on carriers.

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The C-130 Hercules used in the test, most recently in service with Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 352 until 2005, is part of the collection of the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola, Florida.

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C-130 Hercules was used in the 1976 Entebbe raid in which Israeli commando forces performed a surprise operation to rescue 103 passengers of an airliner hijacked by Palestinian and German terrorists at Entebbe Airport, Uganda.

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Since 1992, two successive C-130 aircraft named Fat Albert have served as the support aircraft for the U S Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

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AC-130 Hercules holds the record for the longest sustained flight by a C-130 Hercules.

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