Hercules historical past is made as soon as once more, with the announcement that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) just lately delivered its five hundredth C-130J Tremendous Hercules navy airlifter. This Tremendous Hercules (Lockheed Martin plane #5934) is a C-130J-30 plane assigned to the a hundred and thirtieth Airlift Wing positioned at McLaughlin Air Nationwide Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia. The a hundred and thirtieth Airlift Wing is a longtime C-130 operator that’s at present modernizing its legacy Hercules fleet with C-130Js. The U.S. authorities operates the most important C-130J Tremendous Hercules fleet on the earth. This supply represents the U.S. authorities’s continued transition to the C-130J because the widespread platform throughout the Air Pressure, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.

As probably the most superior C-130 ever produced, the C-130J-30 Tremendous Hercules (which is 15 ft/19.4 m bigger than legacy C-130 fashions) gives these enhancements and developments in comparison with legacy fashions: 30% extra passengers and cargo, 50% extra CDS bundles, 44% extra paratroopers, 30% crew discount, 14% extra gasoline environment friendly, 20% enchancment in payload/vary functionality, Built-in defensive suite and 250 knot ramp/door, automated upkeep fault reporting and unmatched situational consciousness with digital avionics and twin HUD.


“This supply represents the hundreds of individuals — previous and current — that design, construct, fly, keep and assist C-130Js all over the world,” mentioned Rod McLean, vice chairman and basic supervisor of Lockheed Martin’s Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) line of enterprise. “Like its namesake, the C-130J is a legend outlined by its power and energy. But, it’s the people who find themselves a part of the C-130J operator, manufacturing, provider and business accomplice communities who actually outline the Tremendous Hercules and helped the C-130J Program attain this monumental achievement.”

The C-130J Tremendous Hercules is the present manufacturing mannequin of the legendary C-130 Hercules plane. The Lockheed Martin C-130J Tremendous Hercules is a four-engine turboprop navy transport plane. The C-130J is a complete replace of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and different programs. The airlift alternative of 26 operators in 22 nations, the worldwide C-130 fleet has surpassed greater than 2 million flight hours and holds greater than 54 world information. Outlined by its versatility, there are 17 totally different mission configurations of the C-130J that features transport (navy and industrial), humanitarian support supply, aerial firefighting, pure catastrophe aid assist, medevac, search and rescue, climate reconnaissance, and aerial refueling.