In Focus

Profile: C-130J Hercules

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft departs RAAF Base Richmond to assist the Tonga government after the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. (Defence / CPL Kylie Gibson)

As the longest continuously produced military aircraft at more than 60 years, the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules deserves to be considered one of the greatest of all time. In total, 48 have supported ADF operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor and Vietnam, and humanitarian disaster relief missions in Pakistan, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.

Australia obtained its initial batch in December 1958, becoming the first nation to operate the aircraft outside of the US Air Force. The four-engine turboprop, medium-lift aircraft increased transport capability, and reduced reliance on piston-driven aircraft such as the C-47. As the years progressed, RAAF kept faith in the Hercules. Three C-130Es were delivered to the reformed No. 37 Squadron from 1967 before No. 36 Squadron’s original C-130As were replaced by C-130H aircraft in 1978.

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  • In January this year, 2022, the RAAF fleet of C-130s attained 850,000 flight hours, without loss of an airframe since the first C-130A arrived in 1958.

    The current C-130J-30 Hercules operated by No. 37 Squadron have attained in excess of 150,000 flight hours since arrival of the first airframe in 1999.

    Those milestones are testament to the professionalism and expertise passed down by preceding generations reinforcing the training standard and expertise being maintained through from the ‘old days’ right through to this present day.

    Col Coyne
    President
    No. 37 Squadron (RAAF) Association
    http://www.37sqnassoc.org

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