The 2,000th C-130 Hercules

On this day in 1992, the 2,000th C-130 rolled off of the production lines.

The C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin. Its 40 variants are used by more than 60 nations and is the fifth aircraft (along with the Electic Canberra, B-52 Stratofortress, Tupolev Tu-95 and the KC-135 Stratotanker) to mark 50 years of use with its original customer (the USAF). It is also one of the only aircraft to remain in continuous production for over 50 years as the most recent model the C-130 Super Hercules.

The C-130 fills a wide variety of rolls. It has severed as a gunship, search and rescue, scientify research support, weather reconnaissance, arierial refueling, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting. One of the most recognized C-130’s is the one affectionately known as “Fat Albert” which serves as the support aircraft for the US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels.

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