November 3, 2016 (by Stephanie Stinn) - The LM-100J Super Hercules commercial freighter is moving through pivotal production milestones, most recently completing body mate and wing installation at the Lockheed Martin facility Marietta, Ga.
LM-100J Super Hercules commercial freighter (c/n 5818)having its wing Installed at Lockheed Martin, Marietta, facility. [Lockheed Martin photo by Todd R. McQueen]
The LM-100J is the commercial version of Lockheed Martin’s proven C-130J Super Hercules aircraft — the unmatched tactical military airlifter of choice for 17 nations. The LM-100J will perform as a commercial, multi-purpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient cargo transport.
The first LM-100J will progress through final production phases over the next few months, with an anticipated first flight in the first half of 2017.
The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s that have resulted from years of military C-130J operational experience — including more than 1.3 million flight hours. The result of this experience and advancement translates to an aircraft that will deliver reliable service in a multi-role platform for decades to come.