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The C-130 Hercules has been transporting things for over 50 years. It is the transport military aircraft that has been used the longest. It can carry up to 42,000 pounds of cargo.

Here are 10 things that can be transported by the C-130 Hercules:

  1. Tanks

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

2. Boats

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

3. Missiles

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

4. Fire Retardant Tanks

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

5. Firetrucks

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

6. Tactical Trucks

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

7. Fuel trucks

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

8. Jeeps (Humvees)

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

9. Relief Supplies

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

10.Β  Our Troops

10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

Note:Β  All pictures are public domain photos from Wikimedia Commons.

30 thoughts on “10 Things the C-130 Hercules can transport

  1. They can also be used to transport medical evacuees from our military bases around the globe. I accompanied my husband when he was evacuated from Germany. Make sure to bring a good pair of ear plugs.

      1. My husband was a flight surgeon from 68 to 70 stationed at Pope Airforce base which was part of Fort Bragg at the time. He loved the c-130. He was attached to the 778th tactical airlift squadron who flew the 130. When he flew in them, many times it was loaded with an entire hospital headed for somewhere in Vietnam. He passed away 2 years ago and wS buried with military honors. He loved every minute of being a soldier

        1. I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing your husband and his experience with us. What a great tribute. πŸ™‚

  2. wow im doing research on the C130 hercules plane because its so far my favorite plane… this gave me a bit of information so thanks!

  3. Thanks! Im really looking forward to reading your book about the C130 Hercules! I really love planes but I don’t have a specific plane I love more than the C 130 and its dream of mine to actually fly one some day πŸ˜€

      1. Thank you! And uh about the book you wrote about it is it mostly pics?

  4. I severed in the Air Force ’71-’75 as aircraft mechanic and assigned to C-130s. stationed at Elmendorf AFB Anchorage, AL Most supported the radar sites along the Aleution Chain. We had a few with skis and had temporary duty in Sondrestrom Greenland. We had two radar sites on the ice cape and fly supplies to them nearly ever day. Heck of a plane, land on short runways or ice.

    1. Welcome to my website Stan. Thank you for your service. The more I researched the C130, the more I realized how very special it was. πŸ™‚

    2. I served as an air traffic controller in the AF 1966-1970. First 2 years at Sewart AFB TN where C130 pilots trained for Vietnam Nam. So we’re the controllers. I somehow ended up at Sondrestrom AB. We had several C130s with the skis that resupplied those radar sites and they flew all year if memory serves. But the most impressive thing about those Herky Birds were the JATO bottles they all had built into the rear end. I never saw them take off using them but I did see a few crews light them up doing a low approach signifying last mission to the ice. Quite against the rules but what a sight!!!

      1. Welcome to my website Michael. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your service. πŸ™‚

  5. I flew JC 130s (B and H) in Hickham Field in 1967 to 1971. We were an aerial recovery squadron catching spy satellite film canisters which were immediately carried to presidents etc ( Eisehower, Johnson, Macnamara etal) who based their war strategy on these. Later the job went to helicopters trapping film taken by drones

  6. Why not design a roll on roll off water tank to supply fire fighting in australia for our obsolete C130s

    1. Welcome to my website John. I’m not sure what Australia uses for their firefighting but I do know that in the U.S., there are C130s specifically used by the firefighters. Here’s a pic: C130 Waterdrop

  7. My daughter is in the Air Force and was a Load Master for the C-130 in Minneapolis. She loved it and now became an Officer and is heading to pilot training to be a C-130 pilot. She leaves in a month for Mississippi for her first 13 months of training.

    1. That is awesome Stacie! Welcome to my website. Thank you for commenting and thank your daughter for her service. πŸ™‚

      1. I was in the office (1972-1974) that scheduled the logistics flights for the Mediterranean area. Our squadron, VR24, had 4 C130s. JM797 (registration number 149797) was the most reliable of the four. Unfortunately, VR24 has since been disbanded.

        1. Welcome to my website Pam. Thanks for commenting and thank you for your service. πŸ™‚

  8. I was in the US Air Force from 66 to 70 on the C130’s. I was on the E model in 67 to 68 at CCK as a assistant crew chief. They were 62 models. Then was on AC130A’s at Udon 54 models as a Crew Chief and on the flight crew. Then back on 63, 64 E Model’s at Dyess from 69 til I got out in June of 70 as a Crew Chief.

  9. C-130 load master from 1966 till I retired in 1986.
    1966 till 1967 C-130 E
    1968 till 1969 C-130 B
    1969 till 1986 C-130 E & H

    Look up 63-7775 E. That’s the plane I left in V N

  10. In 1965 when I was returning from TDY in Philippines in a c130. We hit severe turbulence approaching Hawaii which scrambled all our cargo which was not tied down and personnel likewise! I found the roof of the cabin before falling into the cargo pile! We were grounded for a day Hickam for exraying the plane for damage. Following the exam we left Hickam and flew directly to Sewart AFB here NON STOP! 4,270 miles. Range of c130 is listed as 2,361!!!

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