C-130 Hercules News
2,600 C-130 Hercules delivered
Lockheed Martin delivered the 2,600th C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command on October 21st.
Super Herculean Accomplishment: Global C-130J fleet surpasses 2 Million flight hours
Lockheed Martin announced today the global community of C-130J Super Hercules operators recently surpassed 2 million flight hours. These hours were logged beginning with the C-130J's first flight on April 5, 1996, through the end of July 2019.
J-model’s first big step
When Australia announced its purchase of the C-130J Hercules in December 1995, few could imagine the challenges that would be faced bringing the aircraft into service.
C-130 Fleet Status
C-130 fleet - Dec 6, 2019
Fleet overview:
scrapped: 161
write-off: 346
preserved: 75
stored: 505
instructional: 149
on order: 10
active: 1323
Changes '18/'19:
Fleet adds: 11
Fleet drop: 53
Today in C-130 history
6 Dec 2005
C-130E #5-8319 of the IRIAF crashed into a ten-floor apartment building, home to a number of air force personnel, in a residential area of Tehran, Iran. The aircraft was carrying 84 passengers (68 of whom were journalists due to watch military exercises off the country's south coast) and 10 crew members. In all, 116 people died.
Quote of the Day
Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.
-- Michael Parfit
'Smithsonian' magazine
May 2000
C-130 Hall of Fame
USAF #92-253
Set a record with another AC-130U and establised the longest sustained C-130 flight with a 36hr non-stop 8,000 mile flight from Hulburt Field to Taegu Air Base, South Korea.
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