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Encyclopedia - Lockheed C-130 Hercules

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is truly one of the greatest airlifters of all time. It sprouted from a decision by the US Air Force in 1951 for a fleet of turboprop transport aircraft. These were to be used by the Military Airlift Command (MAC) and the Tactical Air Command (TAC). Lockheed was awarded the contract to build two YC-130 prototypes in September 1952. The first of these prototypes made its maiden flight on 23 August 1954. The first production aircraft flew on 7 April 1955, and delivery to the TAC units begin in December 1956. The prototypes were assembled at the Lockheed Plant in Burbank California, whereafter the assembly plant moved to Marietta, Georgia.

The C-130 Hercules is a high-wing, four-engined monoplane with a conventional tail.It features a hydraulically operated ramp to ease loading of the aircraft, and can be opened in flight to allow for airborne drops. The aircraft is fully pressurized, enabling it to cruise at altitudes in excess of 30,000ft (9,144m). The retractable tricycle type landing gear has been designed to enable the C-130 to operate from remote strips.

The C-130's roles include : Transport, Ground Attack (AC-130 - fitted with various armament along the side of the aircraft), in-flight refuelling, fire-bombing and electronic warfare.

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Lockheed C-130B Hercules

General

Country of Origin : USA

Powerplant

Number Of Engines : Four
Powerplant type : Allison T56-A-7A turboprops
Max Power Rating : 2,978kW (4,050shp)

Dimensions

Length : 29.78m (97ft 9in)
Height : 11.68m (38ft 4in)
Wingspan : 40.41m (132ft 7in)
Cabin Volume : 121.7m3 (4,300cu ft)

Weights

Max Take-off Weight : 61,235kg (135,000 lb)

Performance

Max Speed At Cruising Level : 333kt (618km/h; 384mph)
Maximum Range : 1,911nm (3,539km; 2,000mi) with maximum payload
4,213nm (7,803km; 4,850mi) with maximum fuel

Lockheed C-130H Hercules

General

Country of Origin : USA

Powerplant

Number Of Engines : Four

Dimensions

Length : 29.79m (97ft 9in)
Height : 11.66m (38ft 3in)
Wingspan : 40.41m (132ft 7in)
Wing Area : 162.11m2 (1,745 sq ft)
Tailplane Span : 16.05m (52ft 8in)

Weights

Empty Weight : 34,686kg (76,469lb)
Max Take-off Weight : 70,307kg (155,000lb)
Internal fuel load : 25,816 litres (6,820 US gal; 5,679 Imp gal)
Maximum Payload : 19,356kg (42,673lb)

Landing Gear

Wheelbase : 9.78m (32ft 1in)
Wheel Track : 4.34m (14ft 3in)

Performance

Max Speed At Cruising Level : 325kt (602km/h; 374mph)
Service Ceiling : 33,000ft (10,060m)
Take-off distance (to clear 50ft) : 1,573m (5,160ft)


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