Movie Monday – May 23 – Lockheed’s 56 year old C-130

This week’s Movie Monday is another trip into the vault for classic aircraft development footage. This declassified 1955 report on the original Lockheed C-130 Hercules runs 13min – a bit shorter than usual MMs – but the level of detail provided in the report is really extensive. The C-130 airframe has been upgraded and adapted to so many different missions over the years that the 1955 C-130 bears little to no ‘under the skin’ resemblance to the C-130J of today. One particularly notable modification was the addition of jet assisted landing, designed to make the aircraft capable of landing and taking off again inside the confines of soccer stadium.

3 Responses to Movie Monday – May 23 – Lockheed’s 56 year old C-130

  1. Jan Vos (Netherlands) May 24, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Hi Jon. What a birthday surprise I got from you today my birthday with your movie Monday. I am also born in 1955 when this video was made

  2. Scentsy May 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    My first airplane! I started my Aircraft maintenance career on the C-130 : HC-130N,H & P models with USAF Rescue and then JC-130B models at Hickam doing satellite recovery. In my opinion (humble as it is) the greatest aircraft ever! Thanks for this!

  3. 7K7 May 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    True son of DC3