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Lockheed C-130J Hercules C5 Military Transport

The RAF Hercules heavy transport aircraft is in fact a Lockheed C-130, the RAF has replaced many of its older Hercules aircraft with second-generation C-130J's on a one-for-one basis. Twenty-five Hercules C4 and C5 transport aircraft are currently in RAF service, they were ordered in December 1994 delivery started in 1998.

Lockheed C-130 Hercules C5 Military Transport Aircraft


The Hercules C4/C5s are more economical due to the utilisation of new Rolls-Royce Allison AE2100 turboprop engines coupled to Dowty R391 6-bladed composite scimitar bladed propellers and a full authority digital engine control system (FADEC) which increases take-off thrust by 29% whilst being 15% more efficient. Consequently, the new Hercules aircraft have been able to dispense with the twin 5,150 litre under-wing mounted fuel tanks used on the older C2/C3 models.

First flown in 1954 as a troop transport and cargo aircraft capable of short takeoffs and landings from unprepared runways, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules has become the main tactical heavy air-lifter for over 60 military forces worldwide the largest users are the US and UK Military forces.


Lockheed C-130 Hercules C5 Specification:

  • Crew: Pilot and co-pilot plus one loadmaster
  • Engines: Four Rolls-Royce Allison AE2100 turboprops of 4,591 hp each
  • Length: C4 - 112ft 9in (34.37m)
  • Length: C5 - 97ft 9in (29.79m)
  • Wingspan: 132ft 7in (40.41m)
  • Top Speed: 400mph (640km/h)
  • Capacity: Up to 128 infantry, 92 paratroops, 8 pallets or 24 CDS bundles

Pave Spectre

More than 40 variants of the C130 have been produced including some totally removed from the original transport application, the AC-130H for example is a massive gunship known as the 'Pave Spectre', it is armed with twin Vulcan cannons, a 40mm Bofors gun and a 105mm Howitzer! The MC-130 is a bomber variant of the C130 which drops the world's largest conventional bombs, the 15,000lb BLU-82 "daisy cutter" and the 20,000lb GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb.

RAF Hercules c5 transport aircraft - copyright Stephen Wallace-Daley
RAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules C5

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