The new transport would have … The MC-130E Combat Talon was developed for the USAF during the Vietnam War to support special operations missions in Southeast Asia, and led to both the MC-130H Combat Talon II as well as a family of other special missions aircraft. [33], The first batch of C-130A production aircraft were delivered beginning in 1956 to the 463d Troop Carrier Wing at Ardmore AFB, Oklahoma and the 314th Troop Carrier Wing at Sewart AFB, Tennessee. The L-100 also has two stretched versions. On 12 February 2007, RAF Hercules C.4 C-130J-30 ZH876, c/n 5460, seriously damaged during landing, no casualties. The crash was attributed to wing separation caused by fatigue stress cracking and contributed to the grounding of the entire large aircraft fleet. Another prominent role for the B model was with the United States Marine Corps, where Hercules initially designated as GV-1s replaced C-119s. The crew of seven were killed. No. The project was canceled and the C-130 has remained in production. The AC-130 gunship was first developed during the Vietnam War to provide close air support and other ground-attack duties. More recently, an updated Retardant Aerial Delivery System known as RADS XL was developed by Coulson Aviation USA. This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 21:09. The Hercules is the RAF’s primary tactical transport aircraft and in its current [23], An engine enhancement program saving fuel and providing lower temperatures in the T56 engine has been approved, and the US Air Force expects to save $2 billion and extend the fleet life. Sgt. No. The moment was captured on camera by an … The Hercules is the RAF’s primary tactical transport aircraft and in its current C.Mk 4 and C.Mk 5 versions of the C-130J-30 and C-130J, respectively, has been the backbone of UK operational tactical mobility tasks since it was brought into service in 1999. The Deepwater Horizon mission was the first time the US used the oil dispersing capability of the 910th AW—its only large area, fixed-wing aerial spray program—in an actual spill of national significance. Two different cargo planes could still be created to separately perform tactical and strategic missions, but which course to pursue is to be decided before C-17s need to be retired. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. To TC-130G in May 1990 and assigned as the U.S. Navy's, C-130E, AF Ser. Instead, the Grumman C-2 Greyhound was developed as a dedicated COD aircraft. The extended-range C-130E model entered service in 1962 after it was developed as an interim long-range transport for the Military Air Transport Service. [25] The Air Force had attempted to replace the C-130 in the 1970s through the Advanced Medium STOL Transport project, which resulted in the C-17 Globemaster III that instead replaced the C-141 Starlifter. C-130H, AF Ser. Flying for six and a half hours at low altitude in the dark, they arrived over the target and the sensor pallets were dropped by parachute near Anxi in Gansu province. The "3" denoting the third variation in design for the H series. Meanwhile, in 1978 a conversion programme had begun to produce 30 Hercules C.Mk 3 aircraft by stretching the fuselage of the C1 to achieve a dramatic increase in cabin capacity. After the move to Ubon, the mission became a four-engine FAC mission with the C-130 crew searching for targets then calling in strike aircraft. 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At some air shows featuring the team, Fat Albert takes part, performing flyovers. The USN C-130T is similar, but has additional avionics improvements. After the initial invasion, C-130 operators as part of the Multinational force in Iraq used their C-130s to support their forces in Iraq. This special mission treated more than 2.3 million acres at the direction of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to assist in recovery efforts by helping contain the significant increase in pest insects caused by large amounts of standing, stagnant water. C-130H Royal Norwegian Air Force 953 was retired 10 June 2007 and moved to the Air Force museum at Oslo Gardermoen in May 2008. This test aircraft set numerous short takeoff and landing performance records and significantly expanded the database for future derivatives of the C-130. [37] During October and November that year, a USMC KC-130F (BuNo 149798), loaned to the U.S. [35], Australia became the first non-American force to operate the C-130A Hercules with 12 examples being delivered from late 1958. Rear ramp: length, 123 in (3.12 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m), C-130J-30 cargo hold: length, 55 ft (16.76 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m); height, 9 ft (2.74 m). [51], The AC-130 also holds the record for the longest sustained flight by a C-130. It was identified in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review for withdrawal from service in 2022, a decade earlier than originally planned, while the C-130K was retired on October 28, 2013 after almost five decades on the frontline. The C-130K is used by the RAF Falcons for parachute drops. C-130A, AF Ser. The C-130B model was developed to complement the A-models that had previously been delivered, and incorporated new features, particularly increased fuel capacity in the form of auxiliary tanks built into the center wing section and an AC electrical system. These two aircraft were delivered to Air America in 1964. [26][28] On 26 March 2013, Boeing was granted a patent for its swept-wing powered lift aircraft. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. The model had four engines, including two Williams FJ44 turbofans. They are required to carry out maintenance and repair work on everything from engines to landing gear. If requirements are decided for operating in contested airspace, Air Force procurement of C-130s would end by the end of the decade to not have them serviceable by the 2030s and operated when they cannot perform in that environment. 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The American-built C-130 Hercules transport aircraft was an RAF workhorse well into the 21st Century from its UK debut in late 1966. The first production C-130A Hercules entered service in December 1956 and Lockheed went on to create a bewildering array of variants and subvariants for the US and foreign militaries, and civilian market. In the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the No. ", "Air Force Would Cancel Boeing C-130 Upgrade, 15 Other Programs. The electrical system upgrade included Generator Control Units (GCU) and Bus Switching units (BSU) to provide stable power to the more sensitive upgraded components. The Hughes H-4 Hercules (commonly known as the Spruce Goose; registration NX37602) is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company.Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war.The aircraft … Modified aircraft were designated C.Mk 1P; the first refuelling contact occurred on May 3, 1982, with a Handley Page Victor tanker, and the first combat mission on the 16th. To conduct these missions it is vital that Hercules crews are highly skilled in low-level flying. A single C-130K was purchased by the Met Office for use by its Meteorological Research Flight, where it was classified as the Hercules W.2. After communist Simba rebels took white residents of the city of Stanleyville hostage, the U.S. and Belgium developed a joint rescue mission that used the C-130s to drop, air-land and air-lift a force of Belgian paratroopers to rescue the hostages. For structural reasons, some models are required to land with reduced amounts of fuel when carrying heavy cargo, reducing usable range. "Willis Hawkins and the Genesis of the Hercules. The Chinese conducted two nuclear tests, on 22 September 1969 and 29 September 1969, during the operating life of the sensor pallets. They also performed daylight maritime survey flights. A total of 198 aircraft are expected to feature the AMP upgrade. Rear ramp: length, 123 inches (3.12 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m). 57-0490 used by the 61st TCS, 17th TCS, 139th TAS with skis, July 1975 – April 1983; to, NC-130B, AF Ser. 64-0506 is now flying as 62-1843, a C-130E that crashed in Vietnam on 20 December 1965 and 64-0507 is now flying as 63-7785, a C-130E that had crashed in Vietnam on 17 June 1966.[47]. [44], In October 1968, a C-130Bs from the 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing dropped a pair of M-121 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) bombs that had been developed for the massive Convair B-36 Peacemaker bomber but had never been used. The program was beset with delays and cost overruns until project restructuring in 2007. [48] As the Vietnam War wound down, the 463rd Troop Carrier/Tactical Airlift Wing B-models and A-models of the 374th Tactical Airlift Wing were transferred back to the United States where most were assigned to Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. © 2021 Royal Air Force. The RC-130 is a reconnaissance version. [19] On 2 September 2009, Bloomberg news reported that the planned Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) upgrade to the older C-130s would be dropped to provide more funds for the F-35, CV-22 and airborne tanker replacement programs. No. The combined system is FAA certified. The 1975 Defence Review resulted in a major decimation of the RAF's transport fleet, which by the end of 1976 consisted only of Vickers VC10 C.1s and US-supplied Hercules C.1s, which … ", "Boeing C-130 Avionics Modernization Program to Enter Production. A total of 13 aircraft were converted. The Korean War showed that World War II-era piston-engine transports—Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcars, Douglas C-47 Skytrains and Curtiss C-46 Commandos—were no longer adequate. In the 1980s, the C-130 was intended to be replaced by the Advanced Medium STOL Transport project. The 910th Airlift Wing operates the Department of Defense's only aerial spray capability to control pest insect populations, eliminate undesired and invasive vegetation and disperse oil spills in large bodies of water. In the late 1980s, 22 retired USAF C-130As were removed from storage and transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, which then transferred them to six private companies to be converted into airtankers. 55-037 used by the 773 TCS, 483 TCW, 315 AD, 374 TCW, 815 TAS, 35 TAS, 109 TAS, belly-landed at Duluth, Minnesota, April 1973, repaired; 167 TAS, 180 TAS, to Chanute Technical Training Center as GC-130A, May 1984; now displayed at Museum of Missouri Military History, C-130A, AF Ser. The new transport would have a capacity of 92 passengers, 72 combat troops or 64 paratroopers in a cargo compartment that was approximately 41 ft (12 m) long, 9 ft (2.7 m) high, and 10 ft (3.0 m) wide. 64-0567, unofficially known as "Wild Thing". [74], A total of 70 aircraft were lost by the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps during combat operations in the Vietnam War in Southeast Asia. It was tested on a NC-130B prototype aircraft with a pair of T-56 turbines providing high pressure air through a duct system to the control surfaces and flaps during landing. In the 1970s, Lockheed proposed a C-130 variant with turbofan engines rather than turboprops, but the U.S. Air Force preferred the takeoff performance of the existing aircraft. [38][39] The pilot, Lieutenant (later Rear Admiral) James H. Flatley III, USN, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his role in this test series. 69-6580 operated by the 61st TAS, 314th TAW, 317th TAW, 314th TAW, 317th TAW, 40th AS, 41st AS, 43rd AW, retired after center wing cracks were detected in April 2002; to the. With the VC10 tanker conversion programme yet to gather pace and the heavy Victor commitment in the South Atlantic, the versatile Hercules was also selected for conversion as a tanker, six aircraft receiving hose drum units (HDUs) and refuelling probes. A December 1993 MoD requirement identified the need for a Hercules replacement and although the European FLA was considered, the only substitute for a Hercules turned out to be a Hercules, in the shape of the more powerful Lockheed C-130J, a next-generation machine then under development and featuring the latest avionics systems. [24], In October 2010, the Air Force released a capabilities request for information (CRFI) for the development of a new airlifter to replace the C-130. 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JetPhotos.com is the … Olausson, Lars, "Lockheed Hercules Production List 1954–2012", 28th edition, self-published, Såtenäs, Sweden, March 2010, page 120. In 1964, C-130 crews from the 6315th Operations Group at Naha Air Base, Okinawa commenced forward air control (FAC; "Flare") missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos supporting USAF strike aircraft. [34], In 1958, a U.S. reconnaissance C-130A-II of the 7406th Support Squadron was shot down over Armenia by four Soviet MiG-17s along the Turkish-Armenian border during a routine mission. In 1963, a Hercules achieved and still holds the record for the largest and heaviest aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier. By now the A400M programme was well advanced. The aircraft performs in the same roles at night using night-vision goggles (NVGs), while station keeping equipment (SKE) enables it to remain in formation during poor weather. Their order of takeoff was marked by a serial number, chalked onto the fuselage of each aircraft. No. McCullough, Amy. The aircraft were flying missions carrying Italian paratroopers. It was a 5 percent-scale model of a narrowbody design with a 55,000 lb (25,000 kg) payload. M/S door into fuselage of Hercules aircraft … [57], C-130s temporarily based at Kelly Field conducted mosquito control aerial spray applications over areas of eastern Texas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The type entered service in 1967, but defence cuts in 1975 saw 13 Hercules aircraft withdrawn and two squadrons disbanded. Avionics Technicians specialise in the electrical, electronic and sensory systems fitted to aircraft. XV208. [45] It is most likely that the aircraft used on this mission was either C-130E serial number 64-0506 or 64-0507 (cn 382-3990 and 382-3991). This greatly reduced landing speed to just 63 knots, and cut landing distance in half. 62-1787, on display at the, KC-130F, USN/USMC BuNo 149798 used in tests in October–November 1963 by the U.S. Navy for, C-130G, USN/USMC BuNo 151891; modified to EC-130G, 1966, then testbed for EC-130Q TACAMO in 1981. The greater payload and mission would enable it to carry medium-weight armored vehicles and drop them off at locations without long runways. Known to the RAF as Hercules C.Mk 1 (the C-130K designation only came into regular use as a differentiator after the C-130J entered service), the first aircraft completed its maiden flight on October 19, 1966. Diehl, Alan E., PhD, Former Senior USAF Safety Scientist. [6] Hall Hibbard, Lockheed vice president and chief engineer, saw the proposal and directed it to Kelly Johnson, who did not care for the low-speed, unarmed aircraft, and remarked, "If you sign that letter, you will destroy the Lockheed Company. The Hercules used in the test, most recently in service with Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) until 2005, is now part of the collection of the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola, Florida. The John Wayne movie The Green Berets features its use. C-130E, AF Ser. The current cost per aircraft is US$14 million although Boeing expects that this price will drop to US$7 million for the 69th aircraft. [16] The HTTB first flew on 19 June 1984, with civil registration of N130X. M/S of the nose of Hercules aircraft at RAF (Royal Air Force) station, Lyneham. The C-130R and C-130T are U.S. Navy and USMC models, both equipped with underwing external fuel tanks. According to the RAF website, the Hercules is the RAF's primary transport aircraft … Also occasionally used for. The Royal Canadian Air Force became another early user with the delivery of four B-models (Canadian designation C-130 Mk I) in October / November 1960.[36]. 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. Divers say they have found wreckage of Hercules plane stolen by homesick US Air Force mechanic who was desperate to see his wife and then crashed as he tried to fly home from UK 50 … The Lockheed L-100 (L-382) is a civilian variant, equivalent to a C-130E model without military equipment. Lockheed's design also used blown flaps outboard, but inboard used patented reversing ejector nozzles. XV208 Hercules W.2 RAF/Marshall Aerospace returning from it's first flight as the Airbus A400M engine test bed - from the EMCSdigital image library. 57-0453 was operated from 1958 to 1991, last duty with 155th TAS, 164th TAG, C-130B, AF Ser. The system never entered service because it did not improve takeoff performance by the same margin, making the landing performance pointless if the aircraft could not also take off from where it had landed.[11]. 64-0533 - Taken in December 1964 by 314th Troop Carrier Wing, Sewart AFB, TN. In the conflict’s immediate aftermath, the C.Mk 1K took a vital role supporting RAF BAe Harriers and, subsequently, McDonnell Douglas Phantoms providing Falkland Islands air defence. Typhoons, Hawk Jets, RAF Lakenheath-based F-35A Lightning II fighter jets, are all known to put pilots through their paces in the loop, as well as the RAF Airbus, Hercules, A400M and other aircraft … [citation needed], During the late 1960s, the U.S. was eager to get information on Chinese nuclear capabilities. Spray missions are normally conducted at dusk and nighttime hours when pest insects are most active, the U.S. Air Force Reserve reports. No title - Hercules transport planes for RAF. Development of the airlifter depends heavily on the Army's "tactical and operational maneuver" plans. The initial operational example reached RAF Lyneham, then the RAF’s Hercules base, on November 21, 1999. Boeing's design completed over 2,000 hours of windtunnel tests in late 2009. RAF Pilots have an exciting and varied role, flying fast-jets, transport aircraft or helicopters as part of their career. Building on lessons learned, Lockheed Martin modified a commercial variant of the C-130 into a High Technology Test Bed (HTTB). From 22 to 24 October 1997, two AC-130U gunships flew 36 hours nonstop from Hurlburt Field, Florida to Taegu (Daegu), South Korea, being refuelled seven times by KC-135 tanker aircraft. Unlike transports derived from passenger airliners, it was to be designed specifically as a combat transport with loading from a hinged loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage. Safety devices had to be incorporated to reduce the excessive drag from a windmilling propeller.[4]. No. These range from navigation devices to aircraft defensive aids systems. The Royal Air Force recorded an accident rate of about one aircraft loss per 250,000 flying hours over the last 40 years, placing it behind Vickers VC10s and Lockheed TriStars with no flying losses. During the Gulf War of 1991 (Operation Desert Storm), the C-130 Hercules was used operationally by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, along with the air forces of Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the UK. Turboprop engines also produced much more power for their weight than piston engines. All five aboard were confirmed dead. Sixty-six Hercules were therefore ordered, essentially to C-130H standard, but designated C-130K for export to the UK. The Hercules known as Chalk 4 was the fourth of the 10 aircraft due to depart at fifteen-minute intervals from San Giusto military airport Damaged in a landing mishap at RAF Thorney Island: The co-pilot was landing the aircraft during asymmetric landing training (Engine shutdown) and the a/c got away from him before the Flying … All reverted to standard C-130B cargo aircraft after their replacement in the reconnaissance role by other aircraft. [permanent dead link], "Hercules aircraft" redirects here. Long-range capabilities are enhanced with air-to-air refuelling, while the Air Survival Rescue Apparatus may be mounted in the cabin for search and rescue missions, enabling the Hercules to airdrop life rafts and emergency supplies. [46] After being returned to the U.S. Air Force sometime between 1966 and 1970, they were assigned the serial numbers of C-130s that had been destroyed in accidents. Although the stated purpose of COMMANDO VAULT was to clear LZs, they were also used on enemy base camps and other targets. P.29. Fairchild, North American, Martin, and Northrop declined to participate. Lockheed produced the initial C3, flying it for the first time on December 3, 1979, but Marshall produced the remainder. At least two C-130Js have been involved in accidents: 1. The tests were highly successful, but the idea was considered too risky for routine carrier onboard delivery (COD) operations. Little progress was made as industrial and political differences complicated the group’s intentions and in 1989 Lockheed withdrew, ultimately to develop the The contest was a close affair between the lighter of the two Lockheed (preliminary project designation L-206) proposals and a four-turboprop Douglas design. The December 1994 order comprised ten standard C-130J aircraft and 15 of the longer C-130J-30, with first delivery (of a J-30) in August 1998. 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