Lockheed C-130BL (LC-130F) 'Hercules'


  Base model:C-130
  Equivalent to: LC-130F LC130FLC-130F
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
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  Length: 97' 9" 29.7 m
  Height:38' 3" 11.6 m
  Wingspan: 132' 7" 40.4 m
  Wingarea: 1,745.0 sq ft 162.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 69,300 lb 31,428 kg
  Max Weight: 135,000 lb 61,224 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Allison T56-A-7
  Horsepower (each): 4050

  Range: 2,090 miles 3,365 km
  Cruise Speed: 328 mph 528 km/h 285 kt
  Max Speed: 370 mph 595 km/h 321 kt
  Climb: 2,570 ft/min 783 m/min
  Ceiling: 41,300 ft 12,588 m

Operators (Past and Present)
USN VXE-6 Point Mugu CA

Known serial numbers
59-5922 / 59-5925


Recent comments by our visitors
 Jim Arnold
 , GA
I was assigned to the Naval Air Station during the period when the BL was being tested. I remember watching one landing when the ship approached at a very steep angle toward the threshold of the runway. Just over the end the ship flared in to a slight nose up attitude and set down. After rolling what looked to be less than the length of a football field the plane just churned the wings up and down and came to a stop. Shortly the access door opened and a crewman came out with a headset and mike cord trailing him and did a quick walk around checking the landing gear. After his inspection he got back in and the ship taxied forward to the taxiway leading up to the Lockheed plant.Anywone who has been to the base knows how close that is to the end of the runway. To sum up I have never before nor since seen an airplane of that size stop in that short a distance
03/06/2007 @ 07:58 [ref: 15784]
 Lawrence Wright
 Hampton, VA
US Navy Air Crew on (loadmaster) SN 148318,148319,148320,and148321 during the late sixties
07/19/2004 @ 14:12 [ref: 7861]
 kenneth c.carter
 long beach, CA
I was the project engineer for the C-130BL performance and stability control tests in 1960 which were conducted at the Lockheed plant in Marietta ,GA. The Project Pilot was Emil "Ted" Sturmthal then a Captain but later Brigadier
General. Ironically tests were done in the Georgia summer
for a plane intended for use at the South Pole. At the time our aircraft was USN No. 148318, one of either 4 or 6 to be built. Ted and I were based at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards, AFB.
06/27/2002 @ 22:22 [ref: 5201]