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C-130 Hercules logistics aircraft

 
Description
The C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the workhorse of the military services. Capable of landing and taking off from short, rough dirt runways, it is a people and cargo hauler and is used in a wide variety of other roles, such as gunships, weather watchers, tankers, firefighters and aerial ambulances. There are more than 40 versions of the Hercules, and it is widely used by more than 50 nations.
 
Background
Deliveries of the C-130A to the U.S. military began in December 1956 and the first B models came on board in April 1959. The newest is the H model.
 
Service
Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard
 
Point Of Contact
Naval Air Systems Command Public Affairs Department
47123 Buse Road, Unit IPT
Bldg. 2272, Suite 075
Patuxent River, MD 20670-5440
(301)757-1487
 
General Characteristics
Primary Function: Global airlift.
Contractor: Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, Marietta, Ga.
Unit Cost: Average $44.1 million.
Propulsion: Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, each 4,300 horsepower.  Horsepower each engine: AC-130A, 3,750 hp; AC-130H, 4,910 hp.
Length: 97 feet 9 inches (29.3 meters).
Height: 38 feet 3 inches (11.4 meters).
Wingspan: 132 feet 7 inches (39.7 meters).
Weight: Maximum takeoff weight is 155,000 pounds (69,750 kg).
Airspeed: 374 mph (Mach 0.57, 604.4 kmh) at 20,000 feet.
Ceiling: 33,000 feet with 100,000 pounds (45,000 kg) payload.
Range: 2,350 miles (2,050 nautical miles, 3,770 km) with max payload; 2,500 mi (2,174 nautical mi, 4,000 km) with 25,000 pounds (11,250 kg) cargo; 5,200 mi (4,522 nautical mi, 8,320 km) with no cargo.
Crew: Five: two pilots, navigator, flight engineer, loadmaster.
Load: Up to 92 troops or 64 paratroops or 74 litter patients or five standard freight pallets.
 
Last Update: 17 February 2009
 
 
Photo: A U.S. Marine KC-130 prepares for its next mission
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