C-130 Aerial Achievement

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During 1963, a KC-130F aircraft made history by landing and taking off from the aircraft carrier; USS Forrestal (CVA-59). The crew successfully negotiated 29 touch-and-go landings, 21 unarrested full-stop landings, and 21 unassisted takeoffs at gross weights of 85,000 pounds up to 121,000 pounds. Lockheed's only modifications to the original plane included installing a smaller nose-landing gear orifice, an improved anti-skid braking system, and removal of the underwing refueling pods. No tail hook...No catapult. Painted on the side of the fuselage; "LOOK MA, NO HOOK." The airplane became the largest and heaviest aircraft to ever land on an aircraft carrier, a record that stands to this day.

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  1. 30840283
    30840283 Jun 07, 2013

    Keep peddlinggggggggggggg............ The C130 is truly remarkable plane, a modern DC3. I am not sure the C17 will be in service for so long due to the costs but also a remarkable plane and keeps our people safe and supplied.

  2. neptuneone0-10
    neptuneone0-10 Jun 10, 2013

    t-minus five days and a wake up

  3. 30962045
    30962045 Sep 28, 2013

    I knew a C-130 landed and took off from a carrier, but I always thought they used JATO to take off, no JATO and taking off at the waist, WOW!!!!

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