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Lockheed L-100 Hercules


Civilian Cargo Transport Aircraft (1965)


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Distance view of the Lockheed L-100 Hercules transport.
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Low angled, left side view of the Lockheed L-100 Hercules transport
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View of the tail unit and cargo ramp door on a Lockheed L-100 Hercules transport.

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The Lockheed L-100 became the civilian-minded cargo transport version of the globally-popular C-130 Hercules line.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/02/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
1965

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
ACTIVE
In Limited Service.
Crew
3

Production
114
UNITS


Lockheed - USA
National flag of Algeria National flag of Argentina National flag of Canada National flag of Ecuador National flag of Gabon National flag of Indonesia National flag of Kuwait National flag of Libya National flag of Peru National flag of the Philippines National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National flag of South Africa National flag of the United Arab Emirates National flag of the United States Algeria; Argentina; Canada; Ecuador; Gabon; Indonesia; Kuwait; Libya; Peru; Philippines; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; United Arab Emirates; United States
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.


Length
112.9 ft
(34.40 m)
Width/Span
131.2 ft
(40.00 m)
Height
38.1 ft
(11.60 m)
Empty Wgt
77,713 lb
(35,250 kg)
MTOW
154,985 lb
(70,300 kg)
Wgt Diff
+77,272 lb
(+35,050 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules production variant)
Installed: 4 x Allison 501-D22A turboprop engines developing 4,510 horsepower each.
Max Speed
354 mph
(570 kph | 308 kts)
Ceiling
22,966 ft
(7,000 m | 4 mi)
Range
5,592 mi
(9,000 km | 16,668 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,830 ft/min
(558 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


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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