Executive Series Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules 1/100 Scale Mahogany Model
This executive model represents the the C-130J Super Hercules, the most advanced model of the only aircraft in history to remain in continuous production with its original customer for more than 50 years. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/100-scale model C-130J Super Hercules Hercules makes a great gift for any veteran, pilot, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
What the C-47 Skytrain was in the 1940s, the C-130 Hercules is the modern equivalent a workhouse found in air forces around the world. The C-130 is not the heaviest lifter in the inventory, nor is it the fastest or highest flying. What it is, is tough, adaptable, efficient and reliable. The C-130 Hercules has been equipped with skis to land on Antarctic ice; with an array of guns and cannon as an attack aircraft; as a medevac ship; with advanced sensors as a special operations troop carrier; as an aerial tanker, and as a reliable cargo carrier able to operate of poor surfaces.
The Korean War showed the shortcomings of the existing cargo aircraft of the time the C-47s, the C-119 Flying Boxcar, the C-46 Commando. In 1951, the Air Force issue a request for proposals for a cargo aircraft that would have a capacity for 92 passengers, 72 combat troops or 64 paratroopers, a range of 1,300 miles, the ability from short or unimproved runways, and an ability to fly with one engine shut down.
Lockheeds proposal won, and the first flight of the C-130 Hercules was on Aug, 23, 1954, with service deliveries beginning in 1956.
The C-130 is 97 feet long with an wingspan of 132 feet, with a range of over 3,200 miles, and can carry a load of up to 45,000 pounds.