Friday, May 30, 2014

Super Hercules

Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules, Pisa
The C-130, in its more recent versions, is still the workhorse of the 46th Air Brigade. This is a C-130J-30, a stretch version of the original model, with a fuselage extended of 4.6 m (15 ft) its maximum payload is almost 20 tons, with a range of 1900 miles.
Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules, Pisa
The inside of the same aircraft, with the ramp closed. By the way, my first flight experience, almost forty years ago, was on a C-130.

External links: Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules (Wikipedia) - 46ª Brigata Aerea (Italian Air Force)
See also: Pisa - Lübeck - 46th Air Brigade

15 comments:

Michelle said...

quite an aircraft

Revrunner said...

Well, at least there was plenty of legroom, VP. ;-)

Taken For Granted said...

You so often post photos of interesting boats and ships that I'm surprised to see this aircraft. Never flown in a C-140, but know they are a workhorse military plane.

William Kendall said...

They are massive! Excellent shots, particularly the interior.

Randy said...

The seats don't look very comfy.

Jack said...

Which of these seats are business class?

Linda said...

Fascinating post, and I love your photos! Thank you so much for sharing.

Dina said...

Twenty tons and 1900 mile range, wow, imagine the possibilities.
Thanks for the second photo; not something we see every day.
What was it like for you to fly in a Hercules?!

cieldequimper said...

Seeing the inside is like being in a movie.

Karl Demetz said...

Thanks for the shot of the inside, I know this scene only from the movies...

Halcyon said...

How neat that you got to take a peek inside! I was reading a book recently on CRAF pilots and this is one of the planes they mentioned. It's nice to see one in person (sort of, anyway!).

Stefan Jansson said...

I have flown a few times with this type of plane, when I did my military service. Impressive machines at landing and take off. They were very loud inside.

Lois said...

That is a big plane! When my brother-in-law was in the US Air Force he flew B-52's and took me on a tour inside of one. We didn't leave the ground though!

Lowell said...

A massive and important plane to any air force. Love that shot of the interior.

José Mendonça said...

I like the interior shot!