Greaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1086 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1880 times:
THE C130 first flew in 1954, and no major changes to the basic airframe have been acted upon.
The 2 most numerous versions include the C-130E (491 built), C-130H (1089 built).
C-130A and Bs are all retired, and most of the European air arms operate C-130Hs.
The C-130J is the latest and greatest 4-prop lifter ever, featuring a full glass cockpit, new engines and improved performance and payload capability.
New improvements incluide AE2100 powered six-bladed, curved propellers. A strectched C-130J-30 is also for sale.
Other less popular variants include the C-130T,
KC-130F/R/T (Freighter, Recon,Tanker),
AC-130 Spectre Gunships,
DC-130 Drone Controller,
EC-130 Electronice Warfare,
HC-130 LR-SAR, JC-130 (test aircraft),
LC-130 Arctic Support with special skis,
MC-130 Special Forces,
NC-130 New special test a/c,
VC-130 VIP/Staff tansport,
WC-130 Weather recon.
Grom365 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1812 times:
C-130K - designation of aircraft sold to UK (same as 'H' model, with UK avionics)
C-130G - new production aircraft, modified from the 'E' model, for USN TACAMO mission
Wouldn't say the C-130T is a "less popular variant" - it's really not much of a variant. It's an 'H' model sold to the USNR.
Most of the other variants on the list were not built by Lockheed on the production line. They were B/C/E/H model aircraft modifed by their respective services, usually after hauling trash for a few years.