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Lockheed C-130 Hercules by Walter Colvin

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3d digital fine art work of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft.

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.


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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 1 year ago

    I had quite a few jumps from that craft. Awesome capture!!!

  • I have a few myself. My first jump was from a C-119. I have made jumps from most military aircraft. Thank you for commenting my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 1 year ago

    Excellent work Walter & perfectly done.

  • Thank you very much my friend. Your comments are appreciated..

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Excellent Walter and good description too. – Ted

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

    – Walter Colvin

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 1 year ago

    outstanding work

  • Thank you very much Angel.

    – Walter Colvin

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


  • Thank you Dawn.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 1 year ago

    Great work Walter,
    I only flew in a Charlie-130 once but it was a week long trip from England to Australia, via the San Fran, Hawaii, long stop and Fiji. Transporting Blue Steel missile for trials. Cheers Neil

  • Thank you Neil. That must have been a hell of a trip. I know from experience the C-130 is not made for comfort. But the trip was worth the ride.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 1 year ago

    PS I forgot to say this was in 1960 and the plane was a RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force), as the RAF hadn’t bought them yet.

  • I have a model of a RAAF C-130 I will do a picture using it.
    Thank you for your comments they are helpful and very much appreciated my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 1 year ago

    Outstanding Walter!! :)

  • THank you for commenting my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 1 year ago

    February 23rd, 2013
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  • Thank you very much Mary

    – Walter Colvin

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