Highly regarded around the world, the C-130 has the oldest ongoing military aircraft production line, being in continuous production for more than 50 years.
"the C-130, named Hercules from the mythical Greek hero renowned for his great strength, has become a true, real-world legend. These multi-mission airlifters are flown by more than 60 nations worldwide, in more than 70 variants. There is no airlift mission the C-130 has not flown. It carries troops, vehicles and armaments into battle; airdrops paratroopers and supplies; serves as airborne and ground refuelers; provides emergency evacuation and humanitarian relief; and conducts airborne early warning, maritime surveillance and special missions. It has recovered space capsules, and worn skis in Antarctica. Many of the earliest C-130s are still active today after surviving the toughest flights, the roughest landings and the constant pounding of heavy cargo."
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11897 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1824 times:
I would have thought that more than 2300 C-130/L-100s have been built after 50 years. But, she is a great airplane and still going strong. Some flyable C-130As were used for a while in forest fire fighting roles, at least up until one broke off both wings a few years ago (in California, IIRC).