Super Herculean Milestone - 500th C-130J delivered

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Unread post23 May 2022, 12:48

Hercules history is made once again, with the announcement that Lockheed Martin recently delivered its 500th C-130J Super Hercules airlifter. This Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft #5934, USAF 19-5934) 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.

See: https://www.c-130.net/c-130-news-article672.html
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Unread post23 May 2022, 21:42

I've often wondered how many parts could be used interchangeably between the modern C-130J and the legacy C-130A.
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Unread post24 May 2022, 15:45

JON, Very interesting question, but difficult to answer. I've flown on 1953-54 A's with the chin dome and two nose gear doors.
My first plane as a C/C w2as 56-519. I remember a lot about them when I was on active duty and Guard for 8 years 1964-1973.
I know very little about the "J". It came out in 1995, 22 years after I got out. Those that know about the "J" probably have never been in an "A". After crewing an "E" model, 64-550, I know there were a lot of items that could be interchangeable.

With the "J", gone are Jato mounts, 450 gal externals, HF antenna wires, "peanut" instrument lights, the round torque, rpm, oil pressure gages. I believe the four "T" handles are gone. Very interesting thought provoking question.
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Unread post24 May 2022, 20:41

Jon, I forgot to mention that an AC-130E (at the time) 69-6573 was hit with a strella missile over An Loc on 12 May 1972 and recovered at Ton Son Nhut in Saigon. We had a bunch of AAA and 5 missiles shot at us. I remember it well as I was on it. Everything aft of FS 737 was damaged by the missile. It hit by the ramp "elephant ear" on the left side and blew out everything on the right side. The whole tail was replaced with a "B" model tail. I heard the "B" model hit a bulldozer somewhere and totaled the nose. See 69-6573 on this site. Ken Felty
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Unread post26 May 2022, 02:53

c130kcf wrote:Jon, I forgot to mention that an AC-130E (at the time) 69-6573 was hit with a strella missile over An Loc on 12 May 1972 and recovered at Ton Son Nhut in Saigon. We had a bunch of AAA and 5 missiles shot at us. I remember it well as I was on it. Everything aft of FS 737 was damaged by the missile. It hit by the ramp "elephant ear" on the left side and blew out everything on the right side. The whole tail was replaced with a "B" model tail. I heard the "B" model hit a bulldozer somewhere and totaled the nose. See 69-6573 on this site. Ken Felty


Thanks for sharing. Wow, great story!

Here's the history for this aircraft
https://www.c-130.net/aircraft-database ... file/7226/

Appears we have May 13th for this date.

The aircraft that hit the bulldozer was 57-0467.
https://www.c-130.net/aircraft-database ... file/6448/
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Unread post26 May 2022, 15:11

Jon, It was the afternoon of May 12th.1972 in SEA. May have been the 13th here in the states with the dateline.
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Unread post26 May 2022, 17:51

Here a display at Wright Patterson Museum with my flight suit, helmet and a 105 MM shell used on our gunships.
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