Fast Facts: C-130J Super Hercules

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments by

Perhaps one of the most familiar series’ of airplanes in aviation history, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and her predecessors have played diverse roles in the success of military, humanitarian, and special operations. Additionally, the versatile aircraft has seen service in firefighting efforts as well as search and rescue missions, and the flexible craft also serves as an air refueling station for other aircraft in flight.

The C-130 family of aircraft continues to evolve, responding to the shifting needs of today’s military. The perennial workhorse is regularly used to drop personnel and supplies from the air, and the latest model can operate from relatively short airstrips, making it ideal for wide-ranging applications.

The C-130J, the newest member of the legendary line of airlifters, incorporates design and performance enhancements that push the capabilities of the model beyond those of its predecessor, the C-130E. The newest version climbs higher and faster than previous models, and can make longer trips at cruising speed. In addition to state of the art navigation and defensive capabilities, the recently revised aircraft also utilizes an enhanced cargo system.

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