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Lockheed Martin Delivers 2300th C-130

Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:27 pm

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.....

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/wms/fi...=18047&rsbci=0&fti=101&ti=0&sc=400

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.

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"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."
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RE: Lockheed Martin Delivers 2300th C-130

Tue Dec 19, 2006 3:05 am

How does the order book look currently?
 
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RE: Lockheed Martin Delivers 2300th C-130

Wed Dec 20, 2006 7:23 pm

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).
 
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RE: Lockheed Martin Delivers 2300th C-130

Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:22 am

Quoting PADSpot (Reply 1):
How does the order book look currently?

Well, not very encouraging seeing as how its exclusion from the JCA competition was upheld - although given a little bit of consolation from the Canadian front.....

http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...-mollifies-rejection-from-jca.html

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
But, she is a great airplane and still going strong.

Yes, and to stress that, this milestone airframe is a tanker version, as if to ease the pressure created by the overdrawn KC-X contest.
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