Lockheed EC-130Q 'Hercules'

Notes: Similar to EC-130G aircraft. Capable of communicating with submerged submarines.
  Base model:C-130
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Special electronic installation
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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
  Gross Weight: 155,000 lb 70,294 kg
  Max Weight: 135,000 lb 61,224 kg

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

  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

Known serial numbers
156170 / 156177, 159348, 159469, 160608, 161223, 161328, 161494 / 161496 , 161531 , 162312 / 162313


Recent comments by our visitors
 David Weber
 Cheyenne, WY
I was ACS on a TIP 1 version, Buno 151888, 151889 were a couple of the birds I remember during my tour 75-79 VQ-4 Pax River, MD. TIP-II were just coming on line. I wonder if the jets fly low level mission across the atlantic with one engine shutdown to save fuel and the escape hatches open for ram air conditioning.
02/01/2008 @ 18:22 [ref: 19505]
 scott sherrick
 Laguna Beach, CA
I served with VQ-3 Barbers Pt. from '83-'88 as a Flight Tech and Avionics Shop LPO. Another fellow mentions the make shift alert quaters at Hanger 110 and the plush facilities at Tinker...But who remembers the double wide trailers at NAS Moffett Field where we stood alert for about 2yrs right after standing up to 24 x 365 coverage? I'll never forget the excitement of the klaxon sounding running across the flightline still half asleep and getting airborne in 15min... we were cocked & locked that's for sure.

20yrs later it still seems like yesterday, the excitement of hitting the "Full" button on the VLF trasnmitter then hearing and feeling the whole airplane strain under the load of 4 60/90Kva generators dragging the T56's down for a few moments was an awesome and a truely unique experience.
01/20/2008 @ 08:28 [ref: 19371]
 matt hobbs
 ewa beach, HI
Working in the VQ3 line shack at Hangar 110 (NAS Barbers Point)one night in 1987 or 88, I remember two coast guardsmen emerging from the darkness (escorted by the securit guys of course), wheeling a C-130 nose wheel. Part of a fractured axle was still attached. The coasties said they found the wheel laying on the ground near their hangar,(which was located at the departure end of the runway) but it didn't belong to them. To make a short story long, they contacted the last Herc to depart Barbers Point and the FE peeked through the window in the nosewheel with a flashlight. After peeking into the nosewheel, he released some expletives (something to the effect of Holy Sh*t!) The crew completed their mission, returning to barbers point after sun-up and landed uneventfully at Barbers Point with only one nosewheel installed.
01/01/2008 @ 00:14 [ref: 19107]
 John Santiago
 Tacoma, WA
I was a ACS/ACOM (flying black shoe) on the TIP II from 1982-85 when it just transfered from GUAM to HAWAII. Returned to VQ3 in 1988-92 and transitioned to the E6A in 1989. Man, what memories being cooped up in the alert quarters at hangar 110, on the 2nd floor compared to those cushy quarters at Tinker. Those were the days.
12/18/2007 @ 17:03 [ref: 18957]
 John Scheck
 Olney, MD
Oh, and I forgot the best part...

Spent four years with the "Blue Angels" where I had the joy to once again fly on one of our "TACAMO" birds that was mothballed - and brought back out as our new "Fat Albert"...

TACAMO spirit still flying in the mighty "HERC"! ;)
12/29/2005 @ 23:23 [ref: 12046]
 John Scheck
 Olney, MD
Great to see the pictures of the mighty Herc, I was one of the last IFT's on the great EC-130Q while the new E6-A "Herpies" were coming online (flew a few missions on them as well).

Barbers Point for 8 years, I miss ya ;-)
12/29/2005 @ 23:19 [ref: 12045]
 Graham Hood
 Warsaw, NC
The EC-130Q flown by VQ-3 had the dash 16 engines. The difference is we had 4910 shp per engine verses 4300 in the dash 7. We also had a max gross of 175,000. I was stationed there from April 72 through October 74. I would like to hear from some of the pilots and crew members who were there during that time frame, especially those who were members of Hood's Hoods.
01/15/2002 @ 21:14 [ref: 4097]
 Dick Roy
 , MN
Thank you:

What a flashback! I wandered into your website and found the end of a story. I was the alert crew aircraft commander at VQ4 when the EC130Q this aircraft replaced went down on the eastern shore of Maryland, across the Chesapeake Bay from NAS Patuxent River. Since we didn't know the cause of the crash, there were some anxious moments before we launched, sabotage was a concern at that time.

Well, thank you. I now know where the trail has ended, the real end of the story.
07/02/2001 @ 11:47 [ref: 2568]
 , OK
Head on over to either:
to see the TACAMO EC-130Q 159348

05/16/2000 @ 22:25 [ref: 197]


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