Lockheed Martin has quietly launched two new variants of the 57-year-old (and counting!) C-130 Hercules. The C-130XJ and the C-130NG both appeared in a presentation by Ralph Heath, executive vice president of Lockheed’s Aeronautics division, on 1 December at the Credit Suisse aerospace and defense conference in New York. Few details of both configurations have […]
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Forty years ago, the US Air Force tried to replace the Lockheed Martin C-130 with a super short take-off and landing (STOL) airlifter, with the Boeing YC-14 and McDonnell YC-15 as the candidates. Then, things got weird. Budgets grew, funding shrank and eventually the requirement transformed into something much larger. Thus, the Boeing C-17A Globemaster […]
A Portugese C-130 is shown landing in very strong winds on a picturesque runway last week in Madeira. Fast forward to about 1:20 on the clip to see the landing.
The launch of an all-new airlifter development for the US Air Force could start in 2014. The new aircraft could become operational 10 years later. The aircraft would replace the 450-aircraft C-130 fleet, but the USAF may buy no more than 250. Even after at least five years of discussion, the USAF still does not […]
Photo courtesy US Air Force China may be the next export customer for the Lockheed Martin C-130.Really.The White House on Friday posted this letter from President Barack Obama to Rep Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives: “I hereby report to the Congress that it is in the national interest of the United States […]
Northrop Grumman surprised me at AUVSI last week by revealing that its new hybrid airship — the long-endurance multi-intelligence vehicle (LEMV) — is designed to provide the same airlift performance as the Lockheed Martin C-130E Hercules. [Read full story.] It figures. There’s no shortage of interest in achieving what Lockheed designer Willis Hawkins clearly got […]
Airbus Military has released a new photo showing the A400M lined up next to the Lockheed Martin C-130J and Boeing C-17. The photo was taken last month at RAF Brize-Norton, which is the only base so far destined to house all three heavy Western airlifters still in production. This is the first photo that I […]
Here’s one for your files. This slide comes from a presentation dated March 2010. Embraer is designing the jet-powered KC-390 to replace hundreds of Lockheed Martin C-130s around the world.
Flying the A400M IAGblog Podcasts My buddy Addison Schonland, IAGBlog podcaster, has a great interview with Airbus A400M chief test pilot Ed Strongman. I was interested to learn that a single 11,000shp TP400 can make the C-130 climb at a rate of 1,000ft/min. But we’ll most likely remember the interview for Strongman’s bold statement the […]
MARIETTA, Ga. — Lockheed Martin has displayed a fuzzy image of a whole new version of the 55-year-old C-130 Hercules family tailored to support the needs of special operations forces.The picture (above) was visible in the bottom-left corner of a briefing slide (below) presented to reporters yesterday, who traveled to Lockheed’s C-130J final assembly line […]