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A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jun 17, 2001 1:04 am

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.

Any info is appreciated.

http://www.theaviationzone.com/temp/c130.jpg
 
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jun 17, 2001 2:24 am

Could it be a C-27? From the info I see (http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/c-27.htm), the C-27 is a modified G222-710 craft from Italy. I could be wrong, just trying to help.

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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jun 17, 2001 4:06 am

I think somebody has been playing with photoshop again!

There was a shorted C-130 proposed in the early 1980's as a twin but it never went anywhere other then the drawing board.

Lockheed eventually teamed with Alenia(I hope I got that right) and partnered with their G-222 aircraft which produced the C-27
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jun 17, 2001 9:17 pm

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.

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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jun 17, 2001 9:46 pm

On second thought it isn't photoshopped....

Look at the photo....It is the outboard moter we are looking at.

Anybody want to give odds that we are looking at an aircraft where #3 has been removed for maintaince or some other reason.
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jun 17, 2001 9:59 pm

Take a look at the other side of the plane guys, you can clearly see props from two engines. #3 was probably removed.
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Mon Jun 18, 2001 12:58 am

The second props you see behind the plane belong to the next plane staying behind the first.
It could be a C-27, but the nose looks exactly like a Hercules and not like a C-27.

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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Mon Jun 18, 2001 3:47 am

I noticed that after I posted... *goof*
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Mon Jun 18, 2001 12:09 pm

It is definitely a C-130 with only two engines, one on each side. It's not a C-27 or G222 or whatever, it's a Herk! The photo was NOT doctored in any way.

Comeon, there has to be some Herk guys out there that can shed some light on this.

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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Wed Jun 20, 2001 2:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Fri Jun 22, 2001 10:49 am

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!

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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Fri Jun 22, 2001 6:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sat Jun 23, 2001 9:28 am

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.
 
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sat Jun 23, 2001 10:04 am

This is simply a run of the mill C-130 with #3 removed. The wing is exactly as long as it should be from the perspective the picture was taken at.

Take a look at these pictures, similar perspective, to get the idea of how long the wing should be in comparison, and where #3 ought to be located.

http://www.spectrumwd.com/c130/image2/c130_672.jpg

http://www.spectrumwd.com/c130/image2/c130_679.jpg

There are no twin-engined C-130s.
 
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The Mystery Has Been Solved..... Sort Of

Mon Jun 25, 2001 12:16 pm

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."

I apologize for this ridiculous misunderstading.

Mike
 
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jul 01, 2001 11:09 am

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
 
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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Sun Jul 01, 2001 6:14 pm

That makes sense.

It defiantly isn't a C-123 compare....


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RE: A C-130 With Only Two Engines?

Mon Jul 02, 2001 8:35 am

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.

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