There is no aircraft in aviation history — either developed or under development — that can match the flexibility, versatility and relevance of the C-130J Super Hercules. In continuous production longer than any other military aircraft, the C-130 has earned a reputation as a workhorse ready for any mission, anywhere, anytime.
The Most Proven. And Still Proving It.
The C-130J Super Hercules offers superior performance and new capabilities, with the range and flexibility for every theater of operations and evolving requirements. This rugged aircraft is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments, and is often the first aircraft to touch down, usually on austere landing strips before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters.
With more than 1.2 million hours of flying combat, humanitarian, special operations, aerial refueling, firefighting, and search and rescue missions around the world, the C-130J stands ready for its next mission and for whatever the future holds.
Any Mission, Anytime, Anywhere.
The C-130J Super Hercules is the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter. Designed and developed with mission flexibility in mind, the C-130J has a unique mix of agility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere.
The C-130J airframe has proven it’s reliable, efficient and highly operational in harsh environments and combat theaters like Iraq and Afghanistan. This rugged aircraft is often the first aircraft “in,” touching down on austere landing zones before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters. Among its missions, the C-130J also counts capabilities as diverse as special ops, aerial refueling, close air support, search and rescue and personal recovery.
The focus on flexibility and multi-role, multi-mission capabilities can be traced back to the original C-130A, which was designed in response to a need for U.S. forces to tactically resupply troops on the front lines.
C-130J Hercules by the Numbers
- 1.2 million+ flight hours logged
- 16 countries operate the C-130J
- 16+ different C-130J missions operating worldwide
- Used to set 54 world records
- 330+ C-130Js on order or delivered
- Can operate out of 2,000 foot-long dirt strips in high mountain ranges
- Ability to transport more than 40,000 pounds of cargo and supplies
- C-130/C-130J operated by 70 countries
- 2,500+ C-130s of all models delivered
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What the Herc's Done for 60 Years, Other Airlifters Only Dream Of
It can be said without fear of contradiction that the C-130 Hercules is one of the most important aircraft in aviation history. Since its first flight in 1954, the Hercules has been everywhere and done just about anything. Aircrews have flown it to both poles, landed or airdropped military supplies to hot spots from Vietnam to Afghanistan and performed countless relief operations around the globe. Learn more about C-130 history.
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