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Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:03 pm

Hello, I was looking at a photo I took 20 years ago of an old surplus C-130 that was being auctioned off. It was used as a spy, or camera plane, but I have the photos, and this plane had three bladed props! All the C-130's I have ever seen had the four blade props, can anyone help me out? was this just to keep the noise down, or just the really old planes before the four bladed props? Thank You for your help.
 
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:08 pm

I think that the early versions did have three blad props. Those were only on the first few versions didn't last that long.
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:12 pm

Only the C-130A.

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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:18 pm



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 2):
Only the C-130A.

I knew that they were gone pretty quick. Pictures of Vietnam era Hercs dont have them.
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:02 pm

The A model can have either three or four blades. I'm not sure but it could have been an upgrade. The rare D model also had three blades.

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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:07 pm

The C-130A was originally equipped with a three bladed Aero Products propeller. Some aircraft were retrofitted to the four bladed Hamilton Standard propeller in the mid to late 1970's.
 
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:11 am

As Stated above the C-130A model had 3 bladed props, Later models have the hamilton standard 54H60-111 Prop, The newest version of the c-130 the "J" model has a six blade prop. Last year the Air Force put a 8 blade prop on one of their "ski" c-130 aircraft for Antarctic Operations, I'm not sure what ever came of those, as they were testing them.
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:02 am

The original C-130A's had 3 blade props that were electrically operatted, until they found that there was a big problem with that, then they moved to hydraulically actuated props. After that they became 4 props standard. When the C-130A's were given new Allison engines they solved the problem (both props and power).

There's been many models on the past, from frames having guns out the side (AC-130 Spectres) to models with a 'pinocchio nose' to having models with 'pincers' to catch a wire for downed troops or catching reconnaisance packages......the list goes on and on. The RAF fly the C-130K which was flown to Cambridge to have it's own avionics fitted, and now they also operate the 'J' model too.

The C-130J has around 30% more power available than the C-130H, so you can imagine what it'd be like for a pilot flying the 'J' series all of a sudden flying an 'A' model...' Take off thrust please.....I SAID take off thrust!' lol Also bear in mind that the 'J' is basically a complete redesign of all models and this one is a 2 man flightdeck crew, and this aircraft is completely different to all other models!

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ps, correct me if i'm wrong, but don't the Canadian Forces operate the oldest flying hercs/herks in military service?
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:03 pm


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The plane was flown into Maryland with the now-standard 4-bladed props. For display purposes, the plane was retrofitted with its original "A"-model 3-bladed models.
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:14 pm



Quoting Skysurfer (Reply 7):
ps, correct me if i'm wrong, but don't the Canadian Forces operate the oldest flying hercs/herks in military service?

Not necessarily the oldest, but some of the highest time ones, they have retired several E models with well over 45,000 Hrs.
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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:18 pm

Ok, I can't resist creating an obscure trivia question out of this thread:

Q: What is the largest multi-engine aircraft that utilized two-bladed propellers?

I think I know the answer, but I'm not certain.

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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:51 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 10):

Tupolev ANT-20 Maksim Gorki?

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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:32 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 10):
I think I know the answer, but I'm not certain.

I'm curious...

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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:09 pm



Quoting Ptrjong (Reply 12):
I'm curious...

Whoops....forgot about this thread. I think you nailed it with the Maxim Gorky. I didn't think of that one. I was thinking of the PZL MD-12:


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RE: Three Bladed Props On A C-130?

Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:27 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
I was thinking of the PZL MD-12:

That thing is smaller and lighter than good old Iron Annie too.

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Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
I think you nailed it with the Maxim Gorky.

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