Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules

 

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, digital flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than sixty years of service, the Hercules family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations. The Hercules has outlived several planned successor designs, most notably the Advanced Medium STOL Transport contestants.

Externally similar to the classic Hercules in general appearance, the J-model features considerably updated technology. These differences include new Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprop engines with Dowty R391 six-bladed composite scimitar propellers, digital avionics which includes head-up displays (HUDs) for each pilot, and reduced crew requirements. These changes have improved performance over its C-130E/H predecessors, such as a 40% greater range, 21% higher maximum speed, and 41% shorter takeoff distance. The J-model is available in a standard-length or stretched -30 variant.

In addition to the regular cargo roles, the C-130J has been adapted to numerous variants for the unique missions that have been carried out by the legacy Hercules. The United States Marine Corps utilizes the KC-130J for transport as well as aerial refueling duties. The USAF operates specialized versions like the EC-130J, HC-130J, MC-130J, AC-130J, and WC-130J for roles such as psychological and information operations, combat search and rescue, special operations missions, gunship, and weather reconnaissance, respectively. The United States Coast Guard also uses a specialized version of the HC-130J for long range search and rescue and interdiction missions.

C-130J Hercules can also be found in the Air Forces of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Norway, Qatar, and the United Kingdom, just to name a few, with other nations having aircraft on order.

Photos in the slideshow were taken between August 2015 and March 2018.  Apologies for the large copyrights in each photo - this is necessary in this day and age where photos are widely stolen and passed along as if they are one's own.