MikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 8964 times:
Were there ever any C-130s produced (or modified) with only two engines? I recently received an e-mail from a photographer that took photos of what appears to be a twin-engined Herk! Am I missing something here?
The attached photo was taken on the ramp at Decrane Aircraft Systems Integration Group PATS Inc., Georgetown, Delaware.
MikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8769 times:
Comeon guys, look at the photo, it's definitely a C-130 of some sort. And no, it's not "Photoshoped". I have an official letter from the photographer that took this shot. I checked everything out before I posted this info. It is authentic.
I certainly know the difference between a C-27 (G222) and a C-130.
Aerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8700 times:
I remember reading some concepts from Lockheed about a twin engined Herk, as well as a twin jet powered T-tail Herk, (Looked very similar to the YC-14)but I never thought this would make it past the board. I'm stumped.
C17load From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8681 times:
Heh heh.........Mike, it would appear #3 has been removed to me. The external tank is still in place. Could be both inboard motors are off for some reason. It's a Herk for sure tho. The C-27 has a totally different configuration on the windscreen. It's also visibly smaller. I was at Wright Patt when the were doing alot of ground testing on it in the Mid-80's.
I'm thinking this is just a plane missing a motor. The angle of the picture makes it looks like one was never there. Wierd, but cool. I've got over 2000 hr's on 'em, and everything is as it should be in this pic. Wings same size, fuselage, motor size, etc etc. Who knows!
Aerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8669 times:
I'm going to have to disagree with you on one point there, C17load, the wing does look out of proportion. It's simply too short, as well as lacking in chord. It can't be the full wing. It appears as if the wing were cut right after the #3, because it's well proportioned from the #4 out to the tip.
JohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 332 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8657 times:
I fly through Georgetown every now and then for fuel. I'll try to get a look at all the parked Hercs and see what the deal is. I know I won't be there in June, but July or Aug is possible. I'm not that motivated to drive there (40 miles or so). I know all of the 130's there are foreign airplanes waiting for sale. I would think the motor or motors were yanked for some reason.
MikeN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8644 times:
Here is an update I received from the guy that sent me the photo and info....
"The photos I sent to you were received by me from a correspondent. No details, just photos. I had a chance to stop in and visit the airframes on my way back from Virginia Beach and the C-130 in question did have only two engines. The other (inboard engines) had been removed right up to the mounts on the wings. Thus ends the mystery."
Kuchinator From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8585 times:
Well mike, the link to the pic doesnt work, but I'm guessing it was a C-123 Provider, made by Fairchild which well doesn't exist anymore. I think they were bought out by Republic, which doesnt exist anymore either. But anyways back the subject. The C-123 is smaller than a C-130, but almost identical in design, it has 2 engines, and also 2 fuel tanks on the wings. Its much older than the C-130 too, but looks almost identical. Hope this helps
Kuchinator From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 8575 times:
C-123J, this was a C-123 experimenting with turbojets, if you look at the picture closely you can see the J-44 turbojet pod under the wing, but still the plane lacked in alot of areas. The C-123 had numerous models, the J was one of the last. The plane has an interesting history. It started out as a glider in the 1940's, and the government wanted a powered version of it, so they put the 2 engines on it and the rest is history, from the base model C-123B to the C-123K. They are long decomissioned, but there are lots of surplus ones out there still in use. If anyone has seen the movie "Air America" with Mel Gibson, and Robert Downey Jr, they use several surplus C-123's in that movie.