October 4, 2006 (by Lockheed Martin) - Lockheed Martin has rolled out the 2300th C-130 Hercules from its assembly line in Marietta, Georgia. The milestone aircraft is a KC-130J tanker destined for the United States Marine Corps.
This is the second occasion the Marine Corps has received a milestone Hercules, as the 1800th aircraft delivered was also a tanker.
“The C-130 is truly part of aviation history,” said David Haines, Lockheed Martin vice president of C-130 programs. “It has been in continuous production for more than 50 years, yet today the C-130J Super Hercules is the most advanced airlifter available on the world market. We are seeing a growing demand for the Super Hercules. Many countries are looking for new airlift fleets and the C-130J is the only affordable option for many, as it can complete both tactical and strategic missions”