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Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:58 pm

I've been searching for a while, and finally found a good picture of the C-130A before radar was installed on C-130's.
The C-130A's were all later retrofitted with radar, as well as all subsequent models. Here's the Pic.
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Tue Mar 01, 2005 10:19 pm

That is a good picture. It looks like a gunship based on the black fuselage with camouflage top. There was radar on this version. I don't remember the designation but it fit in the underside of the nose. The later version was the APN-59 that needed the larger bulge.
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:13 am

This particular aircraft was the testbed for the AC-130. I think this aircraft is preserved down at Eglin AFB in Ft Walton Beach, FL.
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:45 am

It also looks like it has three bladed props. Was this the same for all the early C-130's?
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:08 am

A: 3-blade
B-H: 4-blade
J: 6-blade
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Fri Mar 04, 2005 4:51 am

I have been lucky enough to capture a couple of the 'Roman Noses' though at the end of their careers, not in the old AC-130A camo scheme which looks really good. Silver suited them as well.

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Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:36 am

All current C-130As in the US arsenal (I think there is now just a DC-130A since the NC-130A was retired) have 4 bladed props instead of the 3s. Does anyone still operate them with 3 bladed props? Mexico perhaps?
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RE: C-130A

Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:12 pm

After 1972, all USAF/USN/USMC/USCG C-130A's were retrofitted with 4 bladed, varible-pitch props. As far as foreign air forces, it's any ones guess.
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Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:13 am


Regarding this unique version I would like to share that about 12 or 13 years ago 2 C-130A's landed at OGMA / Alverca with registration and markings from Tchad Air Force. It looks that USA "gave" a few of these C-130A's to them and these 2 came probably to make some maintenance. But it looks that the work was more expensive than the real value of those C-130's so finnally they disassembled them. I had a friend that was the curator of the Portuguese Air Force Museum and he was quite excited and almost tempted to request a loan from USAF and keep one of those C-130A's here in Portugal. I remember talking with him saying that could be a great shot. But aparently none stayed and I guess they went back to USA. Does any of you know if any of these ex: Tchad AF got there?
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