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AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing  
User currently offlineandydtwnwa7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 82 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5248 times:

Looks like the future of the AC-130 is here, based on the C-130J:

“Major enhancements will include extended sensor capabilities, more precise fire control and stand-off precision guided weapons capabilities,” said Capt. Belena Marquez, spokeswoman for Air Force Special Operations Command.

More information here: http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2013/02/air-force-AC130s-020713w

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User currently onlineDevilfish From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4771 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5152 times:

I half expect Jim Morrison blaring on the horns, vainly straining to be heard above the roar of the engines and din of gunfire... as this new gunship makes its strafing runs    .....

http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_HC-130J_Roll_Out_lg.jpg
http://media.defenceindustrydaily.co...images/AIR_HC-130J_Roll_Out_lg.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbVISYRjeSc



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2247 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

I'm just wondering...

Why do C-130 still have the cockpit windows from the late 1940ies and 1950ies, like those on the Boeing Stratocruiser?

Why was introducing A400M- or C-17-style windshields never an issue for Lockheed or the U.S. Armed Forces?


David

[Edited 2013-02-10 19:44:49]


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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4325 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4461 times:

Never seen a C130 with four auxiliary exterior tanks before, is that just a -J feature ?


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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2895 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

Quoting Max Q (Reply 3):

Never seen a C130 with four auxiliary exterior tanks before, is that just a -J feature ?

No. Lots of older model hercs had them too. KC-130T, MC-130P. In the above photo you can just barely see the retracted baskets on the J.
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If you want real grotesque, see the EC-130J Commando Solo.

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User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4325 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Thanks Spope, wow , thats a lot of weight that far out on the wing.


Silly question but I have to ask it, can any of those exterior tanks actually be dropped ?



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User currently offlinechecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

Max Q, the EC-130J pictured above has no fuel tanks on it. The MC-130P pictured above has fuel tanks on the inboard stations, but not the outboard.

Hope that helps...


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4325 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4046 times:

Quoting checksixx (Reply 6):


Max Q, the EC-130J pictured above has no fuel tanks on it. The MC-130P pictured above has fuel tanks on the inboard stations, but not the outboard.

Hope that helps...

Well thanks but what are those tank looking objects way out on the wings, some sort of electronic pods ?



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4042 times:
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Quoting Max Q (Reply 7):

Refueling pods. It's a tanker.



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User currently offlinechecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1073 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

More specifically, the MC-130P looks to have refueling pods on the outer stations. The EC-130J has antenna pods on the outer stations (I believe those are the television broadcast antenna's).

User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4325 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4002 times:

Quoting checksixx (Reply 9):


More specifically, the MC-130P looks to have refueling pods on the outer stations. The EC-130J has antenna pods on the outer stations (I believe those are the television broadcast antenna's).

Ok, now it all makes sense !



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