Miscellaneous C-130 Photos

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Lockheed Aircraft Company mechanics take a break after completing mate operations on the fuselage of the first YC-130, the prototype of the C-130 Hercules, on 2 July 1953. More than thirteen months later, the fully assembled YC-130 would be flown for the first time from the company's facility in Burbank, California, to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB. The large opening in the fuselage is for a side-opening cargo door that was later deleted on production C-130s. [Lockheed photo]


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  • Aircraft Database: C-130 #53-396

    First C-130 prototype. Constructed at Burbank California. First flight was on August 23rd, 1954.

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