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RAAF C-130E Hercules by Walter Colvin

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Australia became the first non-American force to operate the C-130A Hercules with 12 examples being delivered from late 1958.
The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations.

The C-130 entered service with U.S. in the 1950s, followed by Australia and others. During its years of service, the Hercules family has participated in countless military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations. The family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. In 2007, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft—after the English Electric Canberra, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, Tupolev Tu-95, and Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker—to mark 50 years of continuous use with its original primary customer, in this case, the United States Air Force. The C-130 is also the only military aircraft to remain in continuous production for 50 years with its original customer, as the updated C-130J Super Hercules.

General characteristics
Crew: 5 (two pilots, navigator, flight engineer and loadmaster)
Capacity:
C-130E/H/J cargo hold: length, 40 feet (12.31 meters); width, 119 inches (3.12 meters); height, 9 feet (2.74 meters). Rear ramp: length, 123 inches (3.12 meters); width, 119 inches (3.02 meters)
C-130J-30 cargo hold: length, 55 feet (16.9 meters); width, 119 inches (3.12 meters); height, 9 feet (2.74 meters). Rear ramp: length, 123 inches (3.12 meters); width, 119 inches (3.02 meters)
92 passengers or
64 airborne troops or
74 litter patients with 2 medical personnel or
6 pallets or
2–3 Humvees or
2 M113 armored personnel carriers

Payload: 45,000 lb (20,000 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)
Max. takeoff weight: 155,000 lb (70,300 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, 4,590 shp (3,430 kW) each

Performance
Maximum speed: 320 knots (366 mph, 592 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,060 m)
Cruise speed: 292 kn (336 mph, 540 km/h)
Range: 2,050 nmi (2,360 mi, 3,800 km)
Service ceiling: 33,000 ft (10,060 m) empty;56 23,000 ft (7,077 m) with 42,000 pounds (19,090 kilograms) payload ()
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;55 1,400 ft (427 m) at 80,000 lb (36,300 kg) gross weight

Avionics

Westinghouse Electronic Systems (now Northrop Grumman) AN/APN-241 weather and navigational radar

Comments

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 1 year ago

    very nice work as always Walter

  • Thank you Dennis. Your comments are very much appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 1 year ago

    I’ve made many a jump with this fine craft. An awesome capture to be sure!!!

  • I have few myself. I have always liked this airplane.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 1 year ago

    Excellent Walter. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 1 year ago

    Excellnt work Walter.

  • THank you Steven.

    – Walter Colvin

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.over 1 year ago

    Excellent work Walter

  • Thank you mike.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 1 year ago

    Another outstanding piece Walter.

  • THank you Neil.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Incredibly done Walter!! :)

  • Thank you Keith.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 1 year ago

    a super image,dawnx

  • Thank you very much Dawn.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Colin J Williams Photography
    Colin J Willia...over 1 year ago

    This is superb work !! – Colin

  • Thank you Colin.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Walter,

    4-20-2013 :)

  • Thank you for the honor Keith.

    – Walter Colvin

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