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HC-130P Refueling Helicopters?  
User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Hi all,

I was doing little research for girl from this forum Rgmayer. She asked for info about Lockheed production between 1965 and 1985.
When I got to Lockheed C-130 I found that they made so many different versions (around 50). The most interesting version was
HC-130P this is better version of flying tanker HC-130H, able to refuel helicopters during a flight. I found info on this aircraft in two different books. How this is possible that C-130 can refuel helicopters????? I never heard about anything like that. Does anyone have pics of it?????


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User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (16 years 4 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

I don't have pictures of it but I have the report of my father and brother. They were in Norfolk, VA at the Navy fleet Headquarters. They say a HC-130 fueling a helicopter, the copter and the Hc-130 Matched speeds and fueled, it was actually uneventful. The c-130 has a low enough stall speed to perform the operation.


User currently offlineTomH From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (16 years 4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

The USAF has been using the HC-130 for air-to-air refuelling of helicopters for over thirty years. During the Viet Nam era the H-3 Jolly Green and H-53 Super Jolly Green helicopters employed this technique, and today the HH-60 has the capability. In fact, the structure of USAF,ANG and AFRC Rescue units is based on utilization of both HC-130s and helicopters. Hope this helps.

User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

thanks a lot TomH and Pmk


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