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Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Country of Origin: USA

Model: C130 Hercules



First named "Hercules" after myth, the C-130 has become a true, real-world legend. More than 2100 C-130s have been built, and they're flown by over 60 nations worldwide, in dozens of variations. They carry troops, vehicles and armaments into battle. They drop paratroopers and supplies from the sky. They serve as airborne and ground refuelers. They provide emergency evacuation and humanitarian relief. They do airborne early warning and maritime surveillance. They've recovered space capsules. They've worn skis in Antarctica. Surviving the toughest flights, the roughest landings and the constant pounding of heavy cargo, many of the earliest C-130s are still active today. In the history of aviation design, if there's a symbol for strength, durability and multi-mission success, surely it is the C-130 Hercules. And it's still a young aircraft.

The new C-130J has the familiar silhouette, but in fact it's a brand new airplane with performance to prove it. Compared to the earlier production C-130E, maximum speed is up 21%, climb time is down 50%. Cruising altitude is 40% higher, range 40% longer. With new engines and new props, "The J" can reach 28,000 feet in 14 minutes. And for tricky low altitude maneuvers, new avionics, and dual head-up displays make it easier and safer to operate. It also offers reduced manpower requirements, lower operating costs, support costs and life-cycle costs. For reasons of performance, mission capability and investment protection, the best replacement for an older C-130 is a new C-130J.


External Dimensions Value
Wing span 132.6 ft / 40.41 m
Wing aspect ratio 10.1
Length overall 97.75 ft / 29.79 m
Height overall 38.8 ft / 11.84 m
Tailplane span 52.7 ft / 16.05 m
Wheel track 14.25 ft / 4.34 m
Propeller diameter 13.5 ft / 4.11 m
Wing area (gross) 1,745 sq. ft / 162.12 m2


Internal dimensions Value
Cabin length (excl. ramp) 40 ft / 12.19 m
Cabin length (incl. ramp) 50.7 ft / 15.44 m
Max. width 10.25 ft / 3.12 m
Max. height 9 ft / 2.74 m
Total useable volume 4,551 cu ft / 128.9 m3


Weights and loadings Value
Operating weight empty 75,562 lbs / 34,274 kg
Max. fuel weight (internal) 45,900 lbs / 20,819 kg
Max. payload, 2.5g 41,790 lbs / 18,955 kg
Max normal T-O weight 155,000 lbs / 70,305 kg
Max. overload T-O weight 175,000 lbs / 79,380 kg
Max. normal landing weight 130,000 lbs / 58,965 kg
Max. overload landing weight 155,000 lbs / 70,305 kg
Max zero-fuel weight, 2.5g 117,350 lbs / 53,230 kg
Max. wing loading (normal) 88.83 lb/sq ft / 433.7 kg/m2
Max. power loading (normal) 8.44 lbs/shp / 5.14 kg/kW


(at max. normal T-O weight,
unless otherwise indicated)
Max. cruising speed 348 kts / 645 km/h
Econ. cruising speed 339 kts / 628 km/h
Stalling speed 100 kts /185 km/h
Max. rate of climb at S/L 640 m/min / 2100 ft/min
Time to 6,100 m 12min
Cruising altitude 28,000 ft / 8,535 m
Service ceiling
at 66,680 kg AUW
30,560 ft / 9,315 m
Service ceiling, OEI,
at 66,680 kg AUW
22,820 ft / 6,955 m
T-O run 3,290 ft / 1,003 m
T-O run to 15m 4,700 ft / 1,433 m
T-O run using
max. effort procedures
1800 ft / 549 m
Landing from 15m at 58,967 kg AUW 2,550 ft / 777 m
Landing run at 58,967kg AUW 1,400 ft / 427 m
Runway LCN: asphalt 37
Runway LCN: concrete 42
Range with 18,144kg payload
and Mil-C-5011A reserves
2,835 n miles / 5,250 km

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