11 Facts About C-130


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 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft.

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C-130 entered service with the U S in 1956, followed by Australia and many other nations.

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

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

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HC-130 is a family of long-range search and rescue variants used by the USAF and the U S Coast Guard.

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

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

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

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