Aircraft Archive: C-130A First Flight

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First Flight of the C-130A Hercules - 7 April 1955 -- The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting. It is the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations.

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  1. FLJuJitsu
    FLJuJitsu Nov 10, 2011

    Who would have guessed sixty years later I'd be falling out of one of these!

  2. reporterspore05
    reporterspore05 Sep 20, 2012

    yea so can my dogs get some airtime,i got enough fuel and recsourses to put up a good fight for the next twelve years,and you"?

  3. reporterspore05
    reporterspore05 Sep 20, 2012

    you know what would be a good stratgy,to open that old air base over at elliot beach,that would allow rapid deployment and save a lot of money on trasit,so what ya say one touchdomn for the old gifford.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. SamMcGowan
    SamMcGowan Jul 03, 2014

    This is NOT the first flight of the C-130. The prototype first flew on August 23, 1954. This is the first flight of a PRODUCTION airplane.

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