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MC-130J Commando II

MC-130J Commando IIedited

The MC-130J is a special operations versatile multi-mission tactical airlifter. Assigned to the Air Force Special Operations Command, it delivers increased combat performance to the warfighter with its more powerful engines and MC-130J-unique features. Formerly known as the Combat Shadow II, it is a modern aircraft capable of worldwide employment for missions requiring clandestine single or multi-ship low-level aerial refueling of Special Operation Force vertical and tilt-rotor aircraft and/or infiltration, resupply and exfiltration by airdrop or landing on remote airfields.


Primary Function Air refueling of SOF helicopter/tilt rotor aircraft, infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of SOF by airdrop or airland
Speed 362 KTAS at 22,000 feet
Ceiling 28,000 feet with 42,000 pound payload
Maximum Takeoff Weight 164,000 pounds
Range 3,000 miles unrefueled
Crew Two pilots, one combat systems officer (officers), and two loadmasters (enlisted)