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Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules

Long-Range Surveillance / Search and Rescue (SAR) Aircraft

The Lockheed HC-130H Hercules of the USAF and USCG is a specialized surveillance and SAR version of the C-130H Hercules.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 6/13/2017
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Year: 1964
Manufacturer(s): Lockheed Martin - USA
Production: 75
Capabilities: Search and Rescue (SAR); Reconnaissance (RECCE);
Crew: 7
Length: 97.77 ft (29.8 m)
Width: 132.55 ft (40.4 m)
Height: 38.06 ft (11.6 m)
Weight (Empty): 76,778 lb (34,826 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 175,001 lb (79,379 kg)
Power: 4 x Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines delivering 4,300 shaft horsepower each.
Speed: 380 mph (611 kph; 330 kts)
Ceiling: 32,808 feet (10,000 m; 6.21 miles)
Range: 5,179 miles (8,334 km; 4,500 nm)
Operators: United States
The Lockheed HC-130 is based on the standard C-130H model which introduced updated Allison T56-A-15 series turboprop engines. The wings were also redesigned and improvements made internally to the cockpit systems. Introduced in 1964, the C-130H proved a hugely popular model in the C-130 Hercules line as a whole. H-models were then, themselves, improved in a 1974 upgrade. The United States Coast Guard took on a stock of C-130H models for the long-range, Search and Rescue (SAR) role and uses it in a myriad of other border enforcement sorties. A surface search radar is standard equipment on USCG models.

43 examples of the HC-130 were taken on by the United States Air Force (USAF) with some 12 adopted by the USCG. USAF models include the HC-130H and HC-130J models. The USCG models are HC-130H and HC-130J.

The HC-130J is the "Super Hercules" version of the HC-130 line for the USCG. HC-130H models are expected to be upgraded to the newer J-standard. J-models introduce more powerful turboprop engines with composite propeller blades and increased performance specifications producing a longer-range, faster and higher flying product. Avionics are wholly modern as is onboard navigational assistance.

Due to the J-model standard implementation, it is expected that the HC-130 line will progress operationally well into 2027.



Variants / Models

• HC-130H - Specialized rescue version of the C-130H Hercules; 55 examples produced for USAF (43) and USCG (12).
• HC-130N - Based on the HC-130H with revised equipment; usage by the USAF.
• HC-130P - Based on the HC-130H; provision for in-flight refueling of rotary-wing aircraft; 20 examples produced; usage by the USAF.
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