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Lockheed C-130 Hercules

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In 1951, the U.S. Air Force decided it needed a fleet of turboprop transports for the Military Air Transport Service (MATS).  Lockheed proposed what is now standard for military transports--a high wing to maximize cabin space and a loading ramp that forms the undersurface of the upswept rear fuselage.

The prototype C-130 Hercules first flew in 1954.  More than 2,200 have been produced with about 1,600 still in service in 65 countries.

Specifications (C-130H)





Type: Transport
Engine: four 4,508 hp (3362 kW) Allison T56-A-15 turboprops
AC-130: gunship version (named "Spectre")
C-130: standard transport version
EC-130: communications relay version
HC-130: U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue version
KC-130: in-flight refueling version
LC-130: ski-equipped version for use by U.S. Navy in Antarctica
RC-130: reconnaissance version
WC-130: weather reconnaissance version
L-100: Civil transport version

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