C-130 Hercules

Written by Tom Jenkins On February - 2 - 2012 under Airplanes Comments Off on C-130 Hercules

Forty years after its design specifications were issued, the C-130 Hercules was still in production. It was initially produced as the C-130A, having either four Allison T56-A-11 or 9 turboprops as engines. Two hundred and nineteen planes were ordered, deliveries beginning in December 1956. The first ones entered the service with Air Force in nineteen fifty-nine.

Publicly introduced in nineteen sixty-two, the three hundred and eighty-nine ordered C-130 Hercules E’s used the same Allison T56 engine, the T56-A-7, but were upgraded with two one thousand two hundred and ninety gallon fuel tanks placed on the outside of the plane and improved maximum take-off weight capability. The latest C-130 Hercules ever produced, the C-130J were introduced in February nineteen ninety-nine, having a hard to miss difference from the other models: six bladed propellers coupled with a Rolls Royce engine. The C-130J was significantly better than its predecessors.

The C-130 Hercules can fit in an enormous amount of over sized cargo through its aft loading ramp, ranging from utility helicopters and tanks to simple, standardized, palletized cargo and military staff. It can drop up to forty-two thousand pounds or use the high-floatation landing gear it’s equipped with to land and deliver cargo on dirt strips. The C-130 Hercules can be designated to a many different missions, letting it fulfill the role of many aircraft’s at once.

Most of the special mission equipment aboard the Hercules can be removed, allowing the aircraft to be returned to its original purpose if needed: transporting. It can also quickly be suited to fit various types of cargo in it: personnel, vehicles, air drop platforms, flood loaded material and palletized equipment. The C-130J is the latest C-130 Hercules model. It is the one that replaced the aging C-130E unit. Through state-of-the-art technology, C-130J reduces the need for manpower, it lowers operational and supporting costs and brings forth life cycle cost savings as opposed to its predecessor, the C-130E.

Its major improvement systems vary. Amongst them there is the advanced two pilot station with the latest digital aircraft technology head up and multifunctional liquid crystal displays; improved navigation systems with global positioning system and a navigation system with dual inertia; fully powered and integrated, state-of-the-art technology defense systems; better engines, digital moving map display, a digital auto pilot, better fuel so as to get more power out of less fuel and environmental and ice protection systems as well.

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