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Why Lockheed Martin's C-130 Transport Craft is the Energizer Bunny of the Industry

The Business Journal // James Bach // Nov. 23. 2015

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s C-130 line of transport craft is more than 60 years old and is coming up on its 2,500th delivery.

It is significant for an aerospace and defense industry dogged by production delays and cost overruns that a plane can be this successful for so long. And it’s been a boon to the Bethesda-based defense giant for some time even as all the conversation focuses on Lockheed’s signature product, the F-35 Lightning II.

Lockheed Wins $969 Mln Contract for 17 C-130J Aircraft

Reuters // Idrees Ali // Nov. 10, 2015

Nov 10 Lockheed Martin Corp has been awarded a contract worth nearly $969 million to build 17 C-130J military transport aircraft, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The work is expected to be completed by April 2020, the Department of Defense said in its daily digest of major contract awards.

DUBAI: Lockheed Upbeat on UAE, Saudi C-130J Sales

Flight Global // Greg Waldron // Nov. 9, 2015

Lockheed Martin is staying upbeat about the potential for further C-130J sales in the region, and is pleased with progress on the type’s civilian variant, the LM-100J.

Timothy German, international business development manager for the Middle East, says that the company is still in communication with Saudi Arabia about a deal for up to 23 C-130Js, in addition to its existing order for two KC-130J tankers.

USAF, Lockheed Reach Verbal Deal on C-130 Multiyear Sale

Defense News // Lara Seligman // Oct. 21, 2015

The US Air Force and Lockheed Martin have reached a verbal agreement on a five-year contract for the aerospace company’s C-130J transport plane, according to the company.

Haze Assistance to Indonesia Deployed // Oct. 10, 2015

After a delay in the haze assistance yesterday, a Chinook helicopter and 34 Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel were deployed at around 12.30pm today (Oct 10) to help fight the ongoing forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, said the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in a media statement.

They were accompanied by a six-man Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and a 5,000-litre heli-bucket. 

Two RSAF C-130 aircraft were also deployed to transport the SAF and SCDF personnel and their equipment.

Air Force Preparing for Beary Important Cargo

ABC News Australia // Stephanie Anderson // Oct. 2, 2015

The Royal Australian Air Force is preparing to fly a two-year-old polar bear from a Queensland animal theme park to a bear habitat in Canada.

Henry, the second polar bear to be born in Australia, will be flown from Sea World to Sydney tomorrow – the first step in his journey to the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in Ontario.

Henry will travel on a RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Conan Brett.

C-130J Super Hercules has a Vital Role at Dyess

Abilene Reporter News // Brian Bethel // Oct. 2, 2015

The C-130J, nicknamed the Super Hercules, has been a fixture at Dyess Air Force Base since 2010. The largest version of the C-130 series, the aircraft replaced the C-130H, which had been based at Dyess since the 1970s.

DSEi: Lockheed Martin Pitches SC-130J Conversion to UK

Flight Globe // Craig Hoyle // Sept. 15, 2015

Lockheed Martin is proposing to adapt part of the Royal Air Force’s in-service fleet of C-130J tactical transports to meet a potential UK requirement for a maritime patrol or multi-mission aircraft capability.

It's Been 61 Years Since the US Military's Most Versatile Plane had its First Flight

Business Insider Australia // Jeremy Bender // Aug. 23, 2015

The endlessly flexible Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an absolutely astounding aircraft that can adapt to any challenge thrown its way.

Designed against the backdrop of the Korean War, the C-130 flew its first flight 61 years ago today on August 23, 1954.

Despite its age, the plane’s airframe continues to be adapted and upgraded for novel uses across the full spectrum of the US military.

From humanitarian rescue to paratrooper airdrops to gunship-type functions, the C-130 airframe is a marvel of ingenuity and versatility.

TAAC- Air Maintainers Instruct Afghan Air Force on C-130H Maintenance

438th Air Expeditionary Wing // Sgt. Edith Sakura // July 28, 2015

Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Coalition maintainers at the Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) in Kabul provide hands-on training to Afghan Air Force personnel in repairing and operating the Afghan C-130H Hercules aircraft.

Video: Air Force Firefighting C-130 Planes Headed To California

C-130s sent to California to battle the Rocky Fire.  

AF Special Operations Command Receives First AC-130J

U.S. Air Force // Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson // July 31, 2015

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed here July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

After completing the initial developmental test and evaluation by the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the aircraft will be flown by the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 and maintained by the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during its initial operational tests and evaluations at Hurlburt Field.

Green Flag Little Rock Exercise Aids Army with Drop-zone Security // Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano // May 10, 2015

A C-130 aircrew delivered precision airdrops, helping Army soldiers sharpen their drop-zone security skills.

The most recent iteration of Green Flag Little Rock used a combat airlift to support the Army’s Pathfinder course.

US and UK Mobility Airmen Put the 'Air' in Airborne During Multinational Exercise // May 1, 2015

U.S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force Mobility Airmen and 25 aircraft conducted the largest multinational Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise over the last 20 years alongside U.S. Army and British soldiers here April 10 through April 17.

Blue Angels 'Fat Albert Airlines' Delivers Exciting Ride // Jeff Ferreell // May 1, 2015

The Blue Angels will cap off both days of the Defenders of Liberty Air Show this weekend at Barksdale Air Force Base. But before those six F/A 18 Hornet jet fighters begin their precision maneuvers, there's an opening act. It's a Lockheed Martin C-130T Hercules, nicknamed "Fat Albert."

US Air Force Grants Lockheed Martin $80 Million C-130 Contract

Aviation Today // Juliet Van Wagenen // April 27, 2015

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract valued at more than $80 million for C-130 aircrew and maintenance training.

IAF's C-130 Leaves for Nepal with NDRF Team

Business Standard // April 25, 2015

An IAF C-130J Super Hercules aircraft left for Nepal on Saturday with a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and relief material from Hindon airbase after the Himalayan country was hit by a major earthquake.

Hercules to Fly Over Narooma on Anzac Day

Narooma News // April 22, 2015

In a coup for the Far South Coast, the local “Nashos” have organised an official flyover by a C130 Hercules on Anzac Day.

The Eurobodalla and Far South Coast National Servicemen’s Association of Australia received confirmation from the Directorate of Centenary Events Air Force, that a C130 Hercules aircraft will fly over the marching and assembly sites in eight South Coast townships on Anzac Day.

First Female Blue Angels Pilot To Perform At OCMD Air Show

CBS Baltimore // April 21, 2015

Maryland native and the first female pilot to ever fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be performing for hometown fans at the Ocean City Air Show in June.

Marine Capt. Katie Higgins, of Severna Park, will fly C-130 ‘Fat Albert’ for spectators June 13 and June 14.

Now and Then

The Marietta Daily Journal // Philip Clements // April 8, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal helped recreate history to celebrate an aeronautics milestone Tuesday as he christened an MC-130J Commando 2 aircraft with a bottle of Chattahoochee River water, just as Gov. Marvin Griffin did in 1955. Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and Commissioner JoAnn Birrell were among those who turned out for the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the first C-130 Hercules built at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta plant as the 2,500th C-130 sits on the production line.

Deal to Take Swing at C-130, History // March 31, 2015

Governor Nathan Deal will be on hand at Lockheed early next month to echo the role played by one of his predecessors, the late Marvin Griffin, as the Lockheed plant celebrates the 60th anniversary of the rollout of the plant’s first C-130 Hercules.

The first two “Herks” were built by Lockheed in California, but all of the nearly 2,500 built since then have been assembled at the plant here in Marietta, making the C-130 the longest continuously produced military aircraft in history.

C-130 Provide Unique Support for Marines // Lance Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr. // March 30, 2015

With the Marine Corps’ sudden deployments and need of support, the Lockheed KC-130J Hercules aircraft is an essential part of accomplishing missions.

Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons, like VMGR-152, are in charge of operating the Marine Corps’ C-130 aircraft.

RNZAF Hails 50th Birthday of Hercules

Waypoint AirMed & Rescue // March 30, 2015

NZ7001, a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Hercules, turned 50 this March, as it was delivering aid in the Pacific. The cargo plane was the first of five C-130s that arrived at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai in 1965. Since then, the C-130 has been at the forefront of many New Zealand Defence Force operations, missions and exercises.

Kiwi Hercs Celebrate 50 Years in Service // March 27, 2015

The first C-130H Hercules delivered to the Royal New Zealand Air Force has celebrated its 50th birthday while on operations supporting the Vanuatu cyclone recovery effort.

NZ7001 was the first of five C-130Hs delivered the RNZAF at Whenuapai on March 24 1965. On its 50th birthday, the aircraft was tasked to fly from Suva to Port Vila with a Fijian aid team before returning to Whenuapai that evening. To commemorate the milestone NZ7001 has been painted with a special 50th anniversary tail art scheme which it will wear for a year.

SAF Mobilises Helicopters to Put Out Forest Fires in Chiang Mai // March 18, 2015

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has mobilised helicopters to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand to help put out forest fires raging in the area, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

The SAF’s C-130 aircraft will deliver a 5000L water bucket from the Singapore Civil Defence Force, following which two SAF CH-47 Chinooks will be deployed “to conduct aerial fire-fighting and ferry operations”, said Dr Ng.

Kentucky Air Guard Completes Ebola-Response Mission in Senegal

United States Africa Command // Nov. 19, 2014

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces here today, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed more than 750 tons of relief supplies for airlift into Liberia.

VIDEO: Flying High Inside Fat Albert

10News San Diego // Oct. 4, 2014

The C-130 plane known as Fat Albert weighs 100,000 pounds, but pilots can stop it in about 1,000 feet.10News anchor Itica Milanes got to ride inside the cargo plane that serves as a source of support for the Navy's Blue Angels.

DoD Supports Firefighting Efforts in California

U.S. Department of Defense // Sept. 22, 2014

Two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command will be assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in California and the Northwest Geographic Area at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

After 60 Years, C-130 Still a 'Magnificent Machine'

Fox News // Aug. 19, 2014

Tim Nguyen regards the C-130 “Hercules” as a “good friend.” The 60-year-old military aircraft has been the focus of his professional career, and quite possibly saved his life. During the 1975 Fall of Saigon, Nguyen escaped on the last C-130 out of Vietnam. Nguyen came to the U.S. as a refugee. He earned an engineering degree and Lockheed Martin hired him in 1983.

Bagram C-130J Loadmasters Use New System for Airdrops // Aug. 5, 2014

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron completed an airdrop for the Afghan National Army using the new Wireless Gate Release System Aug. 1, 2014 at Bagram Airfield Afghanistan. While still in the testing phase in the U.S., the WGRS, is the primary method crews use in Afghanistan.

Eagle Airlifters Take to the Alaskan Skies

DVIDS // Aug. 5, 2014

Four C-130 Hercules' and more than 70 personnel assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base Japan arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, this week to undergo joint-aerial training with paratroopers from the 725th Brigade Support Battalion.

C-130J Hercules Makes Tricky Night Landing in Nepal

NDTV // Aug. 4, 2014

The Indian Air Force deployed its C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft to  transport a team of geologists and disaster management officials to Nepal for clearing the landslide in a river there which is threatening to cause flood in Bihar.

C-130 Airlifter: the Most Successful Military Aircraft Ever

Forbes // Aug. 4, 2014

The latest version of the plane is called the C-130J Super Hercules, and if you measure success in the military aircraft business by how many users a plane has, how many missions it performs, or how long it has been in continuous production, then Hercules is hands down the most successful military aircraft ever. 

Lockheed Gets First Customer for Commercial C-130J

Defense News // July 16, 2014

ASL Aviation Group has become the first customer for Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J, the new civil version of its popular C-130J military cargo transport, in a move that could potentially create return for military customers down the line.

Look Ma, No Hook: How A C-130 Hercules Managed to Land on an Aircraft Carrier

The Aviationist // July 16, 2014

With the successful test, which took place in moderately rough seas in the North Atlantic 500 miles off the coast of Boston, the Hercules became the largest and heaviest aircraft to ever land on an aircraft carrier, a record that stands to this day.

C-130 Training Takes Flight

Little Rock Air Force Base // June 27, 2014

The 314th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., is the nation's tactical airlift "Center of Excellence" and trains C-130 aircrew members from the Department of Defense, Coast Guard, and 47 allied nations.

Wingin' It: C-130 Team Installs Center Wing Box

Robins Air Force Base // June 20, 2014

A C-130U model gunship received a new center wing box Tuesday, representing another successful installment for the program and the 560th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

C-130Js Record a First with Landing at Latvian Base

Air Force Times // June 19, 2014

On Tuesday, three Air Force C-130Js assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, became the first U.S. aircraft to use a runway at the newly renovated Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia.

Video Shows C-130s Flying at Very Low Altitude Through the Valleys During Red Flag Alaska

The Aviationist // June 1, 2014

This video shows a C-130H from the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota airbase Japan while conducting training operations during Red Flag Alaska 13-1. You can also spot another Hercules leading the formation through the valleys.

Another New C-130J for Little Rock

Air Force Magazine // May 20, 2014

Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, Air Mobility Command’s vice commander, ferried the C-130J from the company’s assembly facility in Marietta, Ga., to Little Rock on May 15

Video: Blue Angels' C-130 Workhorse ‘Fat Albert’ Takes High-Performing RI Guardsmen on Thrilling Ride  

Providence Journal // May 16, 2014

“We’re going to max perform this airplane,” promised one of the C-130’s Marine pilots, Capt. Dusty Cook.

'SkiBird' Flies South, Visits Andrews

DVIDS // May 8, 2014

A visit to Joint Base Andrews May 8 by the New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing provided a rare opportunity to get an inside view of the Guard’s polar mission and their signature ski-equipped Air Force LC-130H Hercules “SkiBird” aircraft.

Multi Mission Operator

Skies Magazine // May 7, 2014

The Coulson Group may have started as a logging contractor in British Columbia, but it has diversified. Today, Coulson’s customized firefighting Lockheed C-130Q Hercules — also known as Tanker 131 — is on aerial firefighting duty for the United States Forest Service.

10 Interesting Facts about the C-130J Super Hercules // April 15, 2014

Perhaps one of the most familiar series' of airplanes in aviation history, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and her predecessors have played diverse roles in the success of military, humanitarian, and special operations.

Stunning, Rare, Air-to-Air Image of the First Israeli Air Force C-130J in Formation

The Aviationist // April 9, 2014

The first Israeli Air Force C-130J Super Hercules (dubbed “Samson”) arrived at Nevatim air base. But on its way to its new airbase, it was welcomed by other IAF support aircraft for a fantastic and unusual shot.

403rd Wing Surges C-130s in Major Exercise // April 7, 2014

Sixteen aircraft from the 403rd Wing took to the skies over the Mississippi Gulf Coast region April 5 in Operation Surge Capacity, a large-ship formation training exercise.

California Air National Guard Conducts Rescue off Coast of Mexico // April 3, 2014

A team of Air National Guardsmen from the Bay Area's 129th Rescue Wing departed Moffett Federal Airfield this afternoon to conduct a complex, overwater rescue mission to save the life of an American infant on a vessel approximately 900 nautical miles off the coast of Mexico.

C-130 Crew Flies Aircraft’s Last Mission

DVIDS // March 28, 2014

An Airman with the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) performs pre-flight procedures inside an HC-130 P/N King before takeoff on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 28, 2014.

US Airmen Arrive for FIDAE, Subject Matter Expert Exchanges in Chile

DVIDS // March 24, 2014

The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

VMGR-234 ‘Rangers’ First to Begin Reserve Transition to KC-130J Aircraft // March 18, 2014

"The KC-130J ‘Super Hercules’ boasts a more advanced avionics set and has approximately thirty percent more power,” said Lt. Col. Patrick F. Tiernan, VMGR-234 commanding officer. "In addition to being newer and more reliable, the aircraft boosts efficiency by reducing the number of personnel needed to operate in flight."

Fat Albert Integral Part of Blue Angels Show
Imperial Valley Press // March 15, 2014

Serving primarily as the team’s work horse, the large, blue and yellow Lockheed C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as Fat Albert, has been part of the Blue Angels team since 1970, said Staff Sgt. Christian Villalobos, who served as navigator aboard a special Fat Albert flight for media and educators Friday afternoon.

C-130 Fat Albert Flies Over the Silent Drill Platoon // March 4, 2014

The C-130 Hercules known as Fat Albert, assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, flies over the silent drill platoon during flight practice at Marine Corps Air Station.

The Dump Truck of Airplanes
Smithsonian Air & Space // Feb. 27, 2014

Winter got you down? Tired of the gray, slushy snow? Try living at NEEM Camp, a remote research facility consisting of two tents and a hut in northwest Greenland. To get there, scientists must rely on the members of the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard.

Amazing Images Captured of Melbourne Skyline as Hercules C-130J Cruised through Surrounding Skies

Herald Sun // Feb. 8, 2014

The enormous metal military bird was out to promote the Centenary of Military Aviation at Point Cook on March 1 and 2.

New AC-130J Completes First Test Flight 
Eglin AFB on // Feb. 7, 2014

After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the skies for the first time as a gunship here Jan. 31.

Lockheed Launches Civil Version of C-130J Military Transport Plane
DVIDS // Feb. 3, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday launched the civil variant of its C-130J Super Hercules military transport plane, the LM-100J, saying it expected to sell about 75 of the planes to mining and energy companies, and other commercial and government customers in coming years.

Air to Ground: A Father and Son Rare Moment
DVIDS // Feb. 3, 2014

What makes the basic airdrop different is that Chuck Barth will be controlling the drop that his son will be releasing. They have never had the opportunity to work together until Northern Strike at Grayling Air and Gunner Range, Alpena, Mich.

Fat Albert Turns Heads in Yuma
DVIDS // Feb. 3, 2014

Heads turned when the bright blue and yellow “Fat Albert” made its appearance here; flying a little lower than they were used to seeing.

Aircrew Flight Equipment Has Aircrew's Six
DVIDS // Jan. 26, 2014

Without the work of the six airmen, who run the C-130J Aircrew Flight Equipment shop 24 hours a day at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, C-130 pilots and aircrew would not be able to support Operation Enduring Freedom with aeromedical evacuations, cargo and troop transportation and strategic airlift capabilities.

16 SOS Moving Forward // Jan. 22, 2014

Heads turned when the bright blue and yellow “Fat Albert” made its appearance here; flying a little lower than they were used to seeing.

One Million Hours for C-130J

Credit: RAF Australian Air Force
Oct. 20, 2013

Fleet Complete

Credit: Dyess Air Force Base
July 26, 2013

Hurricane Hunters Web Extra: The C-130

Credit: The Weather Channel
June 6, 2013

Know Your Aircraft - C-130

Credit: U.S. Air Force
April 15, 2013

Mighty Planes : Skibird - The Largest Ski Aircraft in the World

Credit: The Smithsonian Channel
January 23, 2013