Lockheed Martin stated in a press release that they had just delivered the 2,300th C-130. A KC-130J tanker, it was received by the USMC in ceremonies at MCAS, Miramar, CA.....
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."