WinAir Presents: The Lockheed C-130 Hercules Infographic—image highlights key information on the aircraft commonly referred to as “The Herc;” one of the world’s most powerful and versatile military transport aircraft
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules Infographic was created using information obtained from Wikipedia’s “Lockheed C-130 Hercules” article. It showcases information on the C-130s vital statistics, general specifications, performance outputs, and avionics.
The C-130 Hercules is an extremely robust and multipurpose four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft, developed by Lockheed Martin. It is capable of performing a variety of military, civilian, and humanitarian functions, which is due in part to its ability to use unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings. Couple this with a wingspan of over 132 ft, and a payload that surpasses 44,000 lbs, and you have what many consider to be a “cargo hauling beast.” This aircraft achieved first flight on August 23, 1954, and has been in service since this date. It is currently operated by approximately 70 countries worldwide.
In addition to troop, medevac, and cargo transportation, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules can participate in an array of challenging missions. It can act as a gunship, perform airborne assault, assist with search an rescue (SAR), facilitate aerial delivery, lead weather reconnaissance missions, take part in aerial firefighting, perform aerial refueling, and so on. During the 2018 Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire, United Kingdom, Lockheed Martin displayed the latest civilian variant of its C-130J Super Hercules, the LM-100J. The LM-100J showed off its advanced capabilities by flying a demonstration routine that featured an incredible loop maneuver that wowed the Farnborough Airport crowd.
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WinAir Presents: The Lockheed C-130 Hercules Infographic Summary
Introducing the Lockheed C-130 Hercules:
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military aircraft designed and built by Lockheed Martin.
The aircraft is extremely versatile due to its ability to use unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings.
Typical Aircraft Uses
- Transportation (Troops, medevac, and cargo)
- Airborne Assault
- Search and Rescue (SAR)
- Scientific Research
- Weather Reconnaissance
- Aerial Refueling
- Maritime Patrol
- Aerial Firefighting
- Aerial Delivery
- Role: Military transport aircraft
- Nation of Origin: United States of America
- Manufacturer: Lockheed; Lockheed Martin
- First Flight: August 23rd, 1954
- Current Status: In Service
- Production Period: 1954–present
- Number Built: Over 2,500 as of 2015
- Unit Cost: C-130E: $11.9 Million; C-130H $30.1 Million
- Variants: Lockheed AC-130; Lockheed DC-130; Lockheed EC-130; Lockheed EC-130H Compass Call; Lockheed HC-130; Lockheed Martin KC-130; Lockheed LC-130; Lockheed MC-130; Lockheed RC-130; Lockheed WC-130; Lockheed L-100 Hercules; Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules
Military Operators of the C-130 Hercules Aircraft
- Current Operators
Republic of China (Taiwan)
United Arab Emirates
- Former Operators
- Crew: five (two pilots, navigator, flight engineer and loadmaster)
C-130E/H/J cargo hold: length, 40 ft (12.19 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m); height, 9 ft (2.74 m). Rear ramp: length, 123 in (3.12 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m)
C-130J-30 cargo hold: length, 55 ft (16.76 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m); height, 9 ft (2.74 m). Rear ramp: length, 123 in (3.12 m); width, 119 in (3.02 m)
92 passengers or
64 airborne troops or
74 litter patients with 5 medical crew or
6 pallets or
2–3 Humvees or
2 M113 armored personnel carriers or
1 CAESAR self-propelled howitzer
- Payload: 45,000 lb (20,400 kg)
- Length: 97 ft 9 in (29.8 m)
- Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.4 m)
- Height: 38 ft 3 in (11.6 m)
- Wing Area: 1,745 ft2 (162.1 m2)
- Empty Weight: 75,800 lb (34,400 kg)
- Useful Load: 72,000 lb (33,000 kg)
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 lb (70,300 kg)
- Powerplant: 4 x Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, 4,590 shp (3,430 kW) each
- Propellers: 4 propellers
- Propeller Diameter: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
Performance & Avionics
- Maximum Speed: 320 knots (366 mph, 592 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,060 m)
- Cruise Speed: 292 knots (336 mph, 540 km/h)
- Range: 2,050 nmi (2,360 mi, 3,800 km)
- Service Ceiling: 33,000 ft (10,060 m) empty; 23,000 ft (7,077 m) with 42,000 lb payload (19,090 kg)
- Rate of Climb: 1,830 ft/min (9.3 m/s)
- Takeoff Distance: 3,586 ft (1,093 m) at 155,000 lb (70,300 kg) max gross weight; 1,400 ft (427 m) at 80,000 lb (36,300 kg) gross weight
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(A Canadian C-130J taking off at Beja Air Base, Portugal for Exercise Trident Juncture)
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