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A C-130 Ballet: Landing on an Aircraft Carrier

Yeah, it really happened!  Back in 1963, a KC-130F conducted a series of test landings and takeoffs from the deck of the USS Forestal.  The aircraft took of unassisted while weighing up to 121,000 lbs.  While the C-130 proved to not be a good fit for a carrier (it rendered the carrier useless if it broke while on deck), the fact that the mighty Herk could even accomplish such a feat is a testament to the ruggedness of the C-130.

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