December 5, 2022

Lockheed Martin reaches super herculean milestone with delivery of 500th C-130J airlifter

The 500th C-130J Super Hercules delivered by Lockheed Martin is a C-130J-30 airlifter operated by the West Virginia Air National Guard. (Lockheed Martin photo by David Key)

This Historic Super Herc Operated by the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing

Marietta, Georgia, Hercules history is made once again, with the announcement that Lockheed Martin recently delivered its 500th C-130J Super Hercules airlifter.

This Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft #5934) is a C-130J-30 aircraft assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia. The 130th Airlift Wing is a longtime C-130 operator that is currently modernizing its legacy Hercules fleet with C-130Js.

The U.S. government operates the largest C-130J Super Hercules fleet in the world. This delivery represents the U.S. government’s continued transition to the C-130J as the common platform across the Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.

“This delivery represents the thousands of people — past and present — that design, build, fly, maintain and support C-130Js around the world,” said Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) line of business. “Like its namesake, the C-130J is a legend defined by its strength and power. Yet, it is the people who are part of the C-130J operator, production, supplier and industry partner communities who truly define the Super Hercules and helped the C-130J Program reach this monumental achievement.”

“This delivery represents the thousands of people — past and present — that design, build, fly, maintain and support C-130Js around the world. Like its namesake, the C-130J is a legend defined by its strength and power. Yet, it is the people who are part of the C-130J operator, production, supplier and industry partner communities who truly define the Super Hercules and helped the C-130J Program reach this monumental achievement”

-Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin’s Air Mobility & Maritime Missions (AMMM) line of business

The C-130J Super Hercules is the current production model of the legendary C-130 Hercules aircraft. The airlift choice of 26 operators in 22 nations, the global C-130 fleet has surpassed more than 2 million flight hours and holds more than 54 world records.

Defined by its versatility, there are 17 different mission configurations of the C-130J that includes transport (military and commercial), humanitarian aid delivery, aerial firefighting, natural disaster relief support, medevac, search and rescue, weather reconnaissance, and aerial refueling.

As the most advanced C-130 ever produced, the C-130J-30 Super Hercules (which is 15 feet/4.6 m longer than legacy C-130 models) offers these enhancements and advancements compared to legacy models:

  • 30 per cent more passengers and cargo
  • 50 per cent more CDS bundles
  • 44 per cent more paratroopers
  • 30 per cent crew reduction
  • 14 per cent more fuel efficient
  • 20 per cent improvement in payload/range capability
  • Integrated defensive suite and 250 knot ramp/door
  • Automated maintenance fault reporting
  • Unmatched situational awareness with digital avionics and dual HUD

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