Hercules by the Numbers


You may know that the C-130 Hercules is operated by 70 countries. You might even be able to name several of C-130’s 70+ variants. But, here are some facts and figures that you may not know about the Herc:

Number of C‑130s that legendary Lockheed designer Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson (father of the P‑80, U‑2, SR‑71 and many other aircraft) thought would be sold, total. Kelly was quoted as saying at the time the original proposal was submitted to the Air Force in 1953 that, "The Hercules is a good design, but there is no market for it." Sixty years and 2,400 planes later, the C-130 is still going strong.

Years “The First Lady,” the very first production Hercules, served. First flown in 1955, it was used as a test aircraft for many years and was later converted into a gunship. It was finally retired to the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, in 1995.


Number of C-130Js delivered as of July 2014. With more than 300 delivered, production of the C‑130J now exceeds total production of the C-130B (230 aircraft built) and the C-130A (231 aircraft built).

The length, in minutes, of the shows performed by the Four Horsemen, the C-130 aerial demonstration team that were the world’s only aerial demonstration team to fly transports.This team operated from 1957-1960.

Number of microwave ovens on board a C-130J. The oven is used to prepare crew meals on long flights.


Number of international operators that fly or have ordered the C-130J Super Hercules, the latest variant of the C-130. The aircraft is flown by the Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Italian Air Force, the Royal Danish Air Force, the Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Indian Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force. Countries that have ordered the C-130J include the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Oman, Iraq and Israel.

Number of L-100s, the civilian version of the Hercules, built. More than 55 of those airlifters are still in service worldwide, used for civil airlift missions in places where jet aircraft operations are impractical.

Up to 10
Number of LM-100Js, the new commercial version of the C-130J Super Hercules, ASL Aviation Group has the option to order.  

Number of hostages rescued by Israeli Defense Forces from Entebbe Airport, Uganda, in a daring July 4, 1976, raid carried out using four C-130s.

Number of people crammed into a Hercules on April 30, 1975, on the last flight out of Saigon before that city fell to North Vietnamese forces. A Hercules is designed to carry 90 paratroopers. See the story of one of our employees who was on that last flight out of Saigon. 


Weight, in pounds, of each ski attached to the landing gear of the LC-130H Ski-Herc. The skis are coated with Teflon so they don't stick to the ice after landings. The 109th Airlift Wing, the Air National Guard unit at Scotia, New York, is the only unit the world to fly Ski-Hercs.

Continents the Hercules has operated from — all of them.

2,471 … and counting!
Number of Hercules aircraft delivered from the Marietta facility since production began in 1954.


Aug. 15, 2014