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C-130 Hercules Carrier Landing Trials

The C-130 Hercules holds the record for the largest and heaviest aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier. In October and November 1963, a USMC KC-130F (BuNo 149798), bailed to the US Naval Air Test Center, made 21 unarrested landings and take-offs on the USS Forrestal at a number of different weights. The pilot, LT (later RADM) James Flatley III, USN, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation. The tests were highly successful, but the idea was considered too risky for routine "Carrier Onboard Delivery" (COD) operations. Instead, the C-2 Greyhound was developed as a dedicated COD aircraft. (The Hercules used in the test, most recently in service with Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) until 2005, is now part of the collection of the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola, Florida.)

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  1. DOCMCC
    DOCMCC Sep 25, 2013

    That takes a big set of ____. Good job.

  2. chooch75
    chooch75 Sep 25, 2013

    This is why the 130 was such a unique bird.

  3. 6726604
    6726604 4 weeks ago

    I cannot figure out why if this is an American operation on a American ship using an American airplane why it still has a Brit narrating.

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