Lockheed C-130 Hercules Pitch Out
KIGALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Rwanda — Rwandan forces stand by to board a C-130 Hercules from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, here July 19. The Ramstein Airmen were here to provide transportation for 1,200 Rwandan forces to Sudan in support of NATO’s response for the African Union’s expanded peacekeeping mission in Darfur with logistics and training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bradley C. Church)
KC-130 Hercules Carrier Trials on USS Forrestal - October/November, 1963
Tests with a KC-130 in 1963 demonstrated the viability of launching/landing a C-130 on the deck of aircraft carriers - without a tailhook or catapult assist. The C-130 was proposed as a “Super Carrier Onboard Delivery” (Super-COD), able to deliver equipment like spare jet engines that the current C-1 Trader could not carry. While the tests were a wild success, Hercules operations would have involved removing most of the other aircraft from the carrier deck - something no captain would endorse.
The KC-130 used in the tests went on to serve until retired in 2005. The larger C-2 Greyhound COD aircraft went on to enter Navy service in 1966.
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Lockheed MC-130J Commando II of the 522d Special Operations Squadron “Fireballs” from Holloman AFB performing at the 2014 Cannon AFB Open House and Air Show.