U.S. Air Force Wright Patterson Air Force Base United States
The C-130J Hercules Transport Aircraft C-130J is a medium-range, tactical airlift aircraft designed primarily for transport of cargo and personnel within a theater of operations. Variants of the C-130J perform other missions including rescue and recovery, air refueling, special operations, fire-fighting and weather reconnaissance. The C-130J can carry more than 40,000 pounds of cargo pallets or a varied number of wheeled vehicles or be configured to carry up to 84 paratroopers. The enhanced cargo handling system reduces crew workload and can be quickly adapted to accommodate any combination of passenger, cargo or aero-medical airlift missions. Two primary methods of aerial delivery are used for equipment delivery parachutes pulling the load from the aircraft and the Container Delivery System that uses the force of gravity to pull supplies from the aircraft. The C-130J can also operate from austere landing zones with as little as 3,000 feet of dirt runway. A stretched version of the C-130J offers aircrews 55 feet of cargo compartment length. The additional 15 feet in length over previous versions of the C-130 translates into 30 more useable volume for increased seating, litters, pallets or airdrop platforms thus providing a significant advantage in the reduction of sorties necessary for mission completion. The C-130J offers a greater value when compared to any other tactical airlifter.