The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings. The C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation and cargo transport aircraft. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations.
The C-130 entered service in the 1950′s. During its years of service the Hercules family has participated in countless military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations. The C-130 has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history with over 2,000 aircraft delivered. The C-130 is also the only military aircraft to remain in continuous production for 50 years with its original customer, as the updated C-130J Super Hercules.
With Finlets installed, the C-130 realizes significant drag reduction, resulting in fuel savings of 7%, reduction of carbon emissions of up to 5%, extended range by 200 nautical miles and increased endurance of 45 minutes. Payload increased by up to 3,000 pounds.