Iraq's 1st Super Hercules Completes 1st Flight
The first of 6 C-130J Super Hercules for the Iraqi Air Force recently completed its first flight here.
The Iraqi Air Force intends to use the C-130J for intra-theater support of its troops and humanitarian relief operations in various locations. These new transport aircraft will provide Iraq with the ability to operate seamlessly with U.S., NATO and coalition forces.
The first C-130J for Iraq is scheduled for delivery later this year.
The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft.
The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems.
The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations. The Hercules has outlived several planned successor designs, most notably the Advanced Medium STOL Transport contestants.
Fifteen nations have placed orders for a total of 300 C-130Js, of which 250 aircraft have been delivered as of February 2012.