C-130 Hercules Program Hits New Historic Milestone
Lockheed Martin celebrated, this past week, the rolling out of the 250th C-130J Super Hercules built at its facility in Marietta, Georgia.
This C-130J is destined for Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, which is scheduled to receive a total of 28 C-130Js. This aircraft is the 2,404th C-130 of all makes and models to be built in Marietta.
"The C-130 Hercules has been setting aviation records for nearly 60 years," said Lorraine Martin, Lockheed Martin Vice President for C-130 programs, at the ceremony. "As the longest continuously operating military aircraft production line in history, the C-130 has always been the benchmark for airlift around the world. High demand for the C-130J Super Hercules continues as it is able to demonstrate its proven, multi-mission capabilities on a daily basis."
The C-130J program continues to deliver new capability to new countries and existing operators.
India and Qatar recently joined the global C-130J operator family, while the U.S. Air Force recently received HC-130J personnel recovery and MC-130J special operations aircraft. Aircraft are currently in production for the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps, Iraq, Israel, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Oman and Tunisia.
C-130Js are also flown by Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Coast Guard.