ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5600 posts, RR: 33 Posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8522 times:
I just saw on German TV Kabel 1 a program about Hercules LC-130 landing on a snow-ice runway in Greenland and at the South Pole. They had skies under the wheels. I saw this before but only with smaller planes. It was absolutely fascinating to see these big birds landing on ice with huge skids. These Hercules are amazing planes. For short take-of they even have auxiliar rocket propulsion. (like they called it on TV).
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30262 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 8474 times:
Yup, those LC's are custom built, they have a lot of modifications to their structure to accomodate the skis.
Actually in addition to the LC-130H's there was also the C-130D model which had skis too. They where mainly operated by the air force in Alaska before they lost the Greenland support mission to the NYANG.
Some of them had the gear removed and became C130D-6 versions.
Also the Alaska Air National Guard also operated the C-123J on Skis. I don't remember if the gate guard 123 is a Ski bird or not.
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DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8431 times:
The Hercs are great machines! Can come to a complete stop on a landing roll in less than 500 feet, they can back up, and takeoff again with less than 2000 feet of runway. If you do some research work here on a.net of the Blue Angels' Fat Albert they have some great JATO takeoff pictures. You truly cannot get a grasp of the -130's capabilities until you see Fat Albert put through its paces in a display.
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SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7445 times:
Quoting DeltaMD11 (Reply 4): Shame that Congress doesn't see the viability of the J model and how it really can supplant the older models in service today.
It's the other way around really. USAF didn't want the Js, Congress kept putting them back in the budget for Guard and Reserve units in their districts.
Now USAF is starting to give the J a second look.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6082 times:
Quoting L-188 (Reply 1): I don't remember if the gate guard 123 is a Ski bird or not.
If you're referring to the one a K(l)ulis ANGB at ANC, it is on wheels . . . it's still parked near the near club as far as I know . . . I don't get out the Kulis any longer . . . but my brother will know - if it interests you I'll ask him. He's asky cop out there.