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Lockheed L-100 Hercules


Civilian Cargo Transport Aircraft


The Lockheed L-100 became the civilian-minded cargo transport version of the globally-popular C-130 Hercules line.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 9/2/2018
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Specifications


Year: 1965
Status: Active, Limited Service
Manufacturer(s): Lockheed - USA
Production: 114
Capabilities: Transport;
Crew: 3
Length: 112.86 ft (34.4 m)
Width: 131.23 ft (40 m)
Height: 38.06 ft (11.6 m)
Weight (Empty): 77,713 lb (35,250 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 154,985 lb (70,300 kg)
Power: 4 x Allison 501-D22A turboprop engines developing 4,510 horsepower each.
Speed: 354 mph (570 kph; 308 kts)
Ceiling: 22,966 feet (7,000 m; 4.35 miles)
Range: 5,592 miles (9,000 km; 4,860 nm)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,830 ft/min (558 m/min)
Operators: Algeria; Argentina; Canada; Ecuador; Gabon; Indonesia; Kuwait; Libya; Peru; Philippines; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; United Arab Emirates; United States
The excellent hauling capabilities and military market success that was the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport eventually yielded a civilian market form as the L-100 Hercules. Its prototype first flew on April 20th, 1964 to which the aircraft was introduced for civilian airspace operations on September 30th, 1965. The L-100 retains the same form and function of the original C-130 including its excellent handling capabilities and short-field hauling qualities. Production netted 114 aircraft in all with the last built in 1992. The L-100 was recognized by Lockheed as company "Model 382", the production form based on this as the "Model 382B".

Following the original L-100s was the L-100-20 of 1968 which included a fuselage stretch for additional internal volume. The L-100-30 saw a further lengthening of the fuselage that added nearly seven feet. The entire line was then modernized in the LM-100J.

In the L-100-30, the crew numbers three minimum and includes two pilots and a flight engineer. Patload capacity is 51,000lbs with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 155,000lbs. Power is served through 4 x Allison 501-D22A series turboprop engines developing 4,500 horsepower each. Maximum speed is 355 miles per hour with a cruise speed of 335 miles per hour. Round-trip range is 1,535 miles with a ferry range of 5,555 miles out. The aircraft features a service ceiling of 23,000 feet and a rate-of-climb of 1,830 feet per minute.

Dimensions include a length of 112 feet, 9 inches, a wingspan of 132 feet, 7 inches and a height of 38 feet, 3 inches.

Despite its civilian-minded design, the L-100 was still adopted by the militaries of Algeria, Kuwait, Indonesia, Philippines and Saudi Arabia among others. Despite the military shift towards the much improved C-130J "Super Hercules", the L-100 has not followed suit to date - though a February 2014 report suggests Lockheed will reactivate the initiative soon. This would then produce the L-100J designation.






Armament



None.

Variants / Models



• L-100 "Hercules" - Base Series Designation
• L-100 Model 382 - Prototype model of 1964
• L-100 Model 382B - Initial production models
• L-100-20 - Lengthened fuselage; appearing in 1968
• L-100-30 - Lengthened fuselage
• LM-100J "Super Hercules" - Proposed modern variant based on the improved C-130J Super Hercules model.
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