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Lockheed HC-130 Hercules / Super Hercules


Long-Range Surveillance / Search and Rescue (SAR) Aircraft (1964)


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Long distance view of a landed USAF HC-130 transport; USAF image.

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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 | Last Edited: 07/06/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1964

Origin
United States national flag graphic
United States

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
7

Production
75
UNITS


Lockheed Martin - USA
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.


Length
97.8 ft
(29.80 m)
Width/Span
132.5 ft
(40.40 m)
Height
38.1 ft
(11.60 m)
Empty Wgt
76,778 lb
(34,826 kg)
MTOW
175,001 lb
(79,379 kg)
Wgt Diff
+98,223 lb
(+44,553 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Lockheed HC-130H Hercules production variant)
Installed: 4 x Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines delivering 4,300 shaft horsepower each.
Max Speed
380 mph
(611 kph | 330 kts)
Ceiling
32,808 ft
(10,000 m | 6 mi)
Range
5,179 mi
(8,334 km | 15,435 nm)


♦ 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 HC-130H Hercules production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


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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