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Hercules by Scott Bateman Article

Win 1 of 5 signed copies of Hercules by Scott Bateman

… KeyAero readers the chance to win 1 of 5 signed copies of Hercules by Scott Bateman! Read the legendary story of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, seen through the eyes of former RAF captain Scott …

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Brazil bids fond farewell to legacy Hercules fleet

… Air Force) bid a fond farewell to its remaining C-130 Hercules tactical transports at Galeão Air Base (AB) in Rio … by its successor, the domestically developed Embraer KC-390 Millennium , which is the largest aircraft to ever be …

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The Hercules in RAF service: the first 25 years

… has now ended its 56-year association with the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Mick Britton details the first quarter century of … and iconic transport aircraft of all time, the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.   Herculean debut An order for 66 C-130s was …

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The Hercules in RAF service: the final 25 years

… Following this month’s retirement of the RAF’s Hercules fleet, Mick Britton concludes his two-part retelling … of the type’s illustrious 56-year career The RAF’s Hercules fleet celebrated 25 years of operations in 1992, the … operations were fully up and running, while the unique C-130 W2 Snoopy had been withdrawn from service with the …

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RAF Airlift Debate: Can the A400M Atlas effectively replace the C-130J Hercules?

… early retirement of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF's) C-130J Hercules generated furious debate, with many raising concerns … for the Wavell Room website, said: “The loss of the C-130 will result in an approximately one-third cut in the … end of this decade goes ahead.” Netherwood was a former C-130 and C-17 pilot who had worked on strategy, policy and …

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Nigerian Air Force Hercules pays rare UK visit

… Nigerian Air Force C-130H Hercules, NAF 913, was a rare visitor to Cambridge City … told Key.Aero that the aircraft was on a cargo flight. Hercules NAF 913 re-entered service on January 29, 2020 after … the stretched C-130H-30 variant. … Nigerian Air Force Hercules pays rare UK visit …

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RAF C-130J Hercules farewell tour + watch final Mach Loop pass

… 14 flying over locations that have been significant to the Hercules in RAF service. The three-ship left RAF Brize Norton … of which arrived in the UK in 1966. This version of the C-130 remained in service with the RAF until 2013 and was … Select Committee in 2022 Andy Netherwood, a retired RAF C-130 and C-17 aircraft commander stated he believed retiring …

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New Zealand retires first legacy C-130H(NZ) Hercules

… the first of its five-strong fleet of Lockheed C-130H(NZ) Hercules tactical transports from service after nearly 60 years of operations. The legacy Hercules (serial NZ7003) was one first C-130Hs to arrive in … a five-strong fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules to replace the ageing C-130H(NZ) Hercules

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Belgium transitions from C-130 Hercules to A400M Atlas

… in Brussels, Belgium, retired its fleet of seven C-130H Hercules after 50 years of service in December 2021. Taking … this almost always means half of the rotation effort of C-130, thus in real life offering twice the capability of an equivalent C-130 load faster and in the same short landing and take-off …

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C-130J Hercules coming to DCS

… tactical airlifter for DCS, the C-130J. … Although the C-130 first entered service nearly 70 years ago, the airframe … variants are planned in the near future, including the KC version, which will offer player-to-player aerial … in DCS. No release date has yet been announced. … C-130J Hercules coming to DCS …

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Hercules Gunships: Fearsome firepower from above

… Tom Kaminski detailed all variants of the AC-130 series of gunships in a 2021 article Known as the … HC-130Js and four MC-130Js. Based on the US Marine Corps’ KC-130J airframe, the basic HC-130J/MC-130J featured an … testing of the Block I GBU-69/B in February 2019. … Hercules Gunships: Fearsome firepower from above …

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Hercules pair destined for Swedish museum display

… years kept in storage, a pair of former Swedish Air Force Hercules fuselages have been returned to Sweden Retained for … pair of former Swedish Air Force (SwAF) Lockheed TP 84 (C-130) Hercules fuselages have been returned to Sweden as museum exhibits. In 1965, SwAF 841 became the first C-130 delivered to a European customer. It displayed at …

Early days of the RAF C-130K Hercules Article

Early days of the RAF C-130K Hercules

… The C-130J , the next generation of Hercules succeeding the C-130K, is being retired by the RAF. … of Commons the decision to order a number of Lockheed C-130 Hercules for the Royal Air Force. This decision, against … Hercules. These crews also fly as observers with USAF C-130 units. The procedure for the Hercules at Marietta is for …

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First ex Belgian Hercules for Pakistan flies at Melsbroek

… The first ex Belgian Air Force C-130H Hercules flew on July 25 in its new scheme of the Pakistan … Air Force Belgium withdrew its final Lockheed C-130H Hercules from service in December 2021. Seven of the … Aerospace and Blue Aerospace. The former is a Lockheed Hercules Service Centre since 1977 and is tasked with …

First prototype KC390

First prototype KC390

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Netherlands selects C-390M to replace Hercules

… Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) C-130H/C-130H-30 Super Hercules. The surprise decision to order from the Brazilian … should arrive in the Netherlands in 2026. The four current Hercules , comprising two C-130Hs and two stretched … set different requirements for the successor to the C-130. In its research, the C-390M came out better for RNLAF …