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  • Comparison of the Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant (Giant) Heavy Transport and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules Tactical Transport / Multi-role / Multi-Mission Aircraft.



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    Picture of Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant (Giant)
    Messerschmitt Me 323D Gigant (Giant)
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    Picture of Lockheed C-130 Hercules
    Lockheed C-130H Hercules
    BASICS
    Variant:
    Messerschmitt Me 323D Gigant (Giant)
    Lockheed C-130H Hercules
    National Origin:
    Nazi Germany
    United States
    Manufacturers:
    Messerschmitt AG - Nazi Germany
    Lockheed Martin Corporation - USA
    Classification:
    Heavy Transport
    Tactical Transport / Multi-role / Multi-Mission Aircraft
    Service Year:
    1943
    1956
    Crew:
    5
    5
    Production Totals:
    200
    2,300
    STRUCTURE
    Overall Length:
    92.52 feet (28.20 meters)
    97.77 feet (29.80 meters)
    Overall Width/Span:
    181.10 feet (55.20 meters)
    132.55 feet (40.40 meters)
    Overall Height:
    33.30 feet (10.15 meters)
    37.40 feet (11.40 meters)
    Empty Weight:
    60,252 pounds (27,330 kilograms)
    76,505 pounds (34,702 kilograms)
    MTOW:
    94,799 pounds (43,000 kilograms)
    175,003 pounds (79,380 kilograms)
    POWER & PERFORMANCE
    Powerplant:
    6 x Gnome-Rhone 14N 48/49 14-cylinder 2-row radial piston engines of 1,140 horsepower each.
    4 x Allison T56-A-15LFE turboprop engines generating 4,508 horsepower each.
    Maximum Speed:
    168 mph (270 km/h; 146 knots)
    386 mph (621 km/h; 335 knots)
    Maximum Range:
    497 miles (800 kilometers)
    2,237 miles (3,600 kilometers)
    Service Ceiling:
    13,123 feet (4,000 meters; 2.5 miles)
    33,005 ft (10,060 meters; 6.3 miles)
    FIREPOWER
    Armament:
    Messerschmitt Me 323D Gigant (Giant)
    STANDARD:
    5 x 7.92mm MG 81 machine guns in nose
    6 x 7.92mm MG 34 machine guns in beam positions

    WEAPONS CARRIER:
    11 x 20mm MG 151 cannons
    4 x 13mm MG131 machine guns

    OPTIONAL (TRIALED):
    1 x 35,400lbs (17.7 ton) bomb

    Lockheed C-130H Hercules
    Typically none with transport forms though some specialized models outfitted with a variety of weapon options. Internal payload of up to 42,637lbs of supplies, personnel and some light-class vehicles.
    RELATIVE SIZE COMPARISON
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    VISUAL BY-THE-NUMBERS
    Maximum Speed:
    Messerschmitt Me 323D Gigant (Giant)
    270 km/h
    Lockheed C-130H Hercules
    621 km/h
    Service Ceiling:
    Messerschmitt Me 323D Gigant (Giant)
    4,000 m
    Lockheed C-130H Hercules
    10,060 m
    Maximum Range:
    Messerschmitt Me 323D Gigant (Giant)
    800 km
    Lockheed C-130H Hercules
    3,600 km
    Production:
    Messerschmitt Me 323D Gigant (Giant)
    200
    Lockheed C-130H Hercules
    2,300
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