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     Is There a Market for a Civilian C-130?

    The unmistakeable Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules has been a staple of western military forces as a cargo aircraft. A modern civilian version of the “J” model was first shown last spring, which caused some avgeeks and analysis to scratch their heads wondering “why?”. It appears that Lockheed Martin thinks that there is actually a market […] More

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    C-130J, The High-Tech Millennial Grandchild Of The 63 Year Old Herc Turns 21

    On April 4th 1996, the prototype Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules flew for the first time. While the J model Herc looks a lot like its predecessors, there are more differences than meet the eye. One external cue is the presence of the six scimitar-bladed Dowty composite propellers, but the engines driving them are not […] More

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    Holiday Delivery: The Time We Delivered The Christmas Turkey To Turkey

    Troops don’t magically get food delivered to their bases.  It was done by crew dogs like us! One of the missions my unit was regularly assigned to was to provide ration supply operations for United Air Forces Europe’s bases.  Families and service members stationed overseas depend on the base commissary system to provide the traditional […] More

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    Lockheed Martin Confirms Order For Civilian Version of C-130J

    Lockheed Martin announced today at the Farborough Air Show that they have signed a letter of Intent with ASL Aviation Group for up to 10 LM-100J commercial freighters.  The LM-100J is the commercial equivalent to the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft flown by the US Air Force and allied nations. In today’s press release by Lockheed […] More

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    Civilian C-130J’s on the way?

    While the C-130 has been a staple of Western military transports for decades, its civilian counterpart, the L-100, has been a niche airplane at best.  Now Lockheed Martin is looking to sell C-130Js to companies and foreign governments.  They are specifically targeting the energy and mineral industries.

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