Lockheed Martin Delivers 500th C-130J Super Hercules Airlifter

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A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules airlifter in flight. (Image: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics)

Hercules history was made once again when Lockheed Martin delivered its 500th C-130J Super Hercules airlifter. This Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft #5934) is a C-130J-30 aircraft assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia. The 130th Airlift Wing is a longtime C-130 operator that is currently modernizing its legacy Hercules fleet with C-130Js.

The U.S. government operates the largest C-130J Super Hercules fleet in the world. This delivery represents the U.S. government's continued transition to the C-130J as the common platform across the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.

The C-130J Super Hercules is the current production model of the C-130 Hercules aircraft. The airlift choice of 26 operators in 22 nations, the global C-130 fleet has surpassed more than 2 million flight hours and holds more than 54 world records.

Defined by its versatility, there are 17 different mission configurations of the C-130J that includes transport (military and commercial), humanitarian aid delivery, aerial firefighting, natural disaster relief support, medevac, search and rescue, weather reconnaissance, and aerial refueling.

As the most advanced C-130 ever produced, the C-130J-30 Super Hercules (which is 15 feet/4.6 m longer than legacy C-130 models) offers the following enhancements and advancements compared to legacy models:

  • 30% more passengers and cargo
  • 50% more CDS bundles
  • 44% more paratroopers
  • 30% crew reduction
  • 14% more fuel efficient
  • 20% improvement in payload/range capability
  • Integrated defensive suite and 250 knot ramp/door
  • Automated maintenance fault reporting

Improved situational awareness with digital avionics and dual HUD.

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