Aviation Photo #0870637 Lockheed YMC-130H Hercules (L-382) - USA - Air Force

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In 1980, the U.S. military made radical modifications to 3 C-130H Hercules so it could take off and land almost like a helicopter. The aircraft was equipped with lift rockets slanting downward, slowdown rockets facing forward, missile motors facing backward, and still more rockets to stabilize the plane as it touched down. The mission — land in a Tehran soccer stadium, rescue 53 American hostages held captive in Iran, and get out.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    USA - Air Force
    Lockheed YMC-130H Hercules (L-382)
    Lockheed C-130 Hercules (L-082/182/282/382/100)
    Lockheed C-130 Hercules (L-082/182/282/382/100)
    Lockheed
    382-4669
    74-1686
    Warner Robins - Robins AFB
    Georgia
    USA
    June 19, 2005
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