MANG: Great Falls first for delivery of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft


There is no aircraft in aviation history — either developed or under development — that can match the flexibility, versatility and relevance of the C-130J Super Hercules. In continuous production longer than any other military aircraft, the C-130 has earned a reputation as a workhorse ready for any mission, anywhere, anytime.

C-130J video from Lockheed Martin:

The Montana Air National Guard’s 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls has been selected by the U.S. Air Force as the first base to receive the new C-130J model Super Hercules cargo aircraft.

According to Lockheed Martin, the aircraft are able to carry up to 44,000 lbs. and travel 2400 miles while carrying all of that weight.

The new aircraft will replace the old fleet of C-130Hs and MANG pilots will require new flight qualifications in order to operate the C-130Js, according to the Air Force.

The Lockheed Martin C130 is the US Air Force’s principal tactical cargo and personnel transport aircraft. The C130J Hercules is the latest model, featuring a glass cockpit, digital avionics, and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller.

The C130 has been in continuous production since 1954, and the Hercules aircraft is operational in over 70 countries. Lockheed Martin delivered the 2,600th C130 Hercules aircraft to the US Air Force in October 2019.

MANG (Montana Air National Guard) will receive delivery of 8 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in 2026.


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