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C-130 Hercules

The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, and ground attack (AC-130 variants).

Contractor

Primary contractor: Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company

C-130J Super Hercules

The C-130J is the latest cargo variant of the C-130 family of planes. It incorporates state-of-the-art technology, which reduces manpower requirements, lowers operating and support costs, and provides life-cycle cost savings over earlier C-130 models. Compared to older C-130s, the J model climbs faster and higher, flies farther at a higher cruise speed, and takes off and lands in a shorter distance.
C-130J Super Hercules Copyright © U.S. Air Force

Status

In active service

Crew

2 Pilot
1 Loadmaster

Capacity

92 combat troops
- OR -
64 paratroopers
- OR -
6 pallet positions
- OR -
19 050,89 kilograms of cargo 42 000 pounds of cargo

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 29.79 meters 97.75 feet
Wingspan: 40.41 meters 132.58 feet
Height: 11.84 meters 38.83 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: ~70 300 kilograms 155 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops
Thrust: 4 700 shaft horsepower
Speed: 362 knots true airspeed, Mach 0.59 (~671 kilometers per hour (at 22 000 feet - 6 700 meters)) (~417 miles per hour (at 22 000 feet - 6 700 meters))
Ceiling: ~8 530 meters (with 42 000 pounds - 19 050 kilograms of payload) 28 000 feet (with 42 000 pounds - 19 050 kilograms of payload)
Range (with maximum normal payload): 1 800 nautical miles (~3 330 kilometers) (~2 071 miles)
Range (with 35000 pounds of payload): 1 600 nautical miles (~2 960 kilometers) (~1 840 miles)
Miscellaneous
Cargo compartment length: 12.19 meters 40 feet
Cargo compartment width: 3.2 meters 119 inches
Cargo compartment height: 2.74 meters 9 feet
Rear ramp length: 3.12 meters 123 inches
Rear ramp width: 3.2 meters 119 inches

C-130J-30 Super Hercules

The C-130J-30 is a stretch version of the Super Hercules, adding 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space in the cargo compartment.
C-130J-30 Super Hercules Copyright © Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski, U.S. Air Force

Status

In active service

Crew

2 Pilots
1 Loadmaster

Capacity

128 combat troops
- OR -
92 paratroopers
- OR -
8 pallet positions
- OR -
19 958,08 kilograms of cargo 44 000 pounds of cargo

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 34.37 meters 112.75 feet
Wingspan: 40.41 meters 132.58 feet
Height: 11.84 meters 38.83 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: ~74 390 kilograms 164 000 pounds
Features
Power plant: four Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops
Thrust: 4 700 shaft horsepower (each engine)
Speed: 356 knots true airspeed, Mach 0.58 (~660 kilometers per hour (at 22 000 feet - 6 700 meters)) (~410 miles per hour (at 22 000 feet - 6 700 meters))
Ceiling: ~7 920 meters (with 44 500 pounds - 20 180 kilograms of payload) 26 000 feet (with 44 500 pounds - 20 180 kilograms of payload)
Range (with maximum normal payload): 1 700 nautical miles (~3 150 kilometers) (~1 950 miles)
Range (with 35000 pounds of payload): 2 100 nautical miles (~3 890 kilometers) (~2 410 miles)
Miscellaneous
Cargo compartment length: 16.76 meters 55 feet
Cargo compartment width: 3.2 meters 119 inches
Cargo compartment height: 2.74 meters 9 feet
Rear ramp length: 3.12 meters 123 inches
Rear ramp width: 3.2 meters 119 inches