Flight Lieutenant Steve Andrews shows Australian Air Force Cadets the C130J Hercules at the Ballina Airport. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Flight Lieutenant Steve Andrews shows Australian Air Force Cadets the C130J Hercules at the Ballina Airport. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

16 cool things about the Hercules

YESTERDAY local Air Force cadets got the rare opportunity to see inside the 'workhorse' of the Australian air force, the Hercules.

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Here are 16 incredible things about the aircraft:

Crew: 3 (two pilots, and one loadmaster are minimum crew)

Capacity: 92 passengers (128 for C-130J-30) or 64 airborne troops (92 for C-130J-30) or 6 pallets (8 pallets for C-130J-30) or 74 litter patients with 2 medical personnel (97 litters for C-130J-30) 2-3 Humvees, or 1 LAV III (with turret removed) or an M113 armored personnel carrier

Payload: 42,000 lb (19,050 kg) ; for C-130J-30: 44,000 lb/ 19,958 kg

Length: 97 ft 9 in, 29.79 m (for C-130J-30: 112 ft, 9 in, 34.36 m)

Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.41 m)

Height: 38 ft 10 in (11.84 m)

Wing area: 1,745 ft² (162.1 m²)

Empty weight: 75,562 lb (34,274 kg)

Useful load: 72,000 lb (33,000 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: up to 175,000 lb (79,378 kg); normal 155,000 lb (70,305 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop, 4,637 shp (3,458 kW) each

Propellers: Dowty R391 6-blade composite propeller, 1 per engine

Maximum speed: 362 knots (417 mph, 671 km/h)

Cruise speed: 348 knots (400 mph, 643 km/h)

Range: 1,800 nmi (2,071 mi, 3,334 km) at max normal payload (34,000 lb or 15,400 kg)

Service ceiling: 28,000 ft (8,615 m) with 42,000 lb (19,090 kg) payload Absolute altitude 40,386 ft (12,310 m)[103]

Takeoff distance: 3,127 ft (953 m) at 155,000 lb (70,300 kg) gross weight
 



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