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Lockheed Martin reaches milestone with the delivery of 500th C-130J

March 15, 2022 (by Stephanie Sonnenfeld Stinn) - Hercules history is made once again, with the announcement that Lockheed Martin recently delivered its 500th C-130J Super Hercules airlifter.

USAF C-130J-30 #19-5934 was seen on a test flight on February 17, 2022. This aircraft is the 500th C-130J off the production line. [Lockheed Martin Photo by David L. Key]

This Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft #5934) is a C-130J-30 aircraft assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia. The 130th Airlift Wing is a longtime C-130 operator that is currently modernizing its legacy Hercules fleet with C-130Js.

The U.S. government operates the largest C-130J Super Hercules fleet in the world. This delivery represents the U.S. government's continued transition to the C-130J as the common platform across the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.

"This delivery represents the thousands of people — past and present — that design, build, fly, maintain and support C-130Js around the world," said Rod McLean, vice president, and general manager of Lockheed Martin's Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) line of business. "Like its namesake, the C-130J is a legend defined by its strength and power. Yet, it is the people who are part of the C-130J operator, production, supplier, and industry partner communities who truly define the Super Hercules and helped the C-130J Program reach this monumental achievement."

The C-130J Super Hercules is the current production model of the legendary C-130 Hercules aircraft. The airlift choice of 26 operators in 22 nations, the global C-130 fleet has surpassed more than 2 million flight hours and holds more than 54 world records.

Courtesy of © 2022 Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Additional images:

USAF C-130J-30 #19-5934, The second factory-new aircraft lands at McLaughlin ANGB in Charleston, West Virginia. The seventh of eight Super Hercules landed in Charleston, West Virginia March 14, 2022. Tail number 95934 is the second factory-new Aircraft the 130th AW received from the Lockheed Martin factory in Marietta. [ANG photo by MSgt. De-Juan Haley]