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C130 Series

Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:31 pm

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What were the Different C-130 series produced.What were the main differences.
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RE: C130 Series

Thu Dec 09, 2004 8:35 pm

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.

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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),
KC-130T-30 Tanker/Transport,
AC-130 Spectre Gunships,
DC-130 Drone Controller,
EC-130 Electronice Warfare,
HC-130 LR-SAR, JC-130 (test aircraft),
KC-130 Tanker,
LC-130 Arctic Support with special skis,
MC-130 Special Forces,
NC-130 New special test a/c,
RC-130 recon,
VC-130 VIP/Staff tansport,
WC-130 Weather recon.

-J variants are available for all aircraft.

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RE: C130 Series

Thu Dec 09, 2004 11:22 pm

Actually, the original NC-130A (complete with 3 bladed props) was just retired in the past year or so, replaced with an H model. Not bad, after serving 45 or so years.

Mexico still flies some -As, Iraq is gettign 2 -Bs from Jordan, quite a few other nations fly -Bs too.
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RE: C130 Series

Fri Dec 10, 2004 2:01 am

I believe Romania is one of the nations who still flies the -B, they only got them from USAF suprlus about a decade or so ago. Seem very happy with them too.

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RE: C130 Series

Fri Dec 10, 2004 4:29 am

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.
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RE: C130 Series

Sat Dec 11, 2004 6:02 pm

Here is a page that has them broken down into catagories
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