LOCKHEED: GLOBAL C-130J FLEET SURPASSES 2000 FLIGHT HOURS

Lockheed Martin announced the global community of C-130J Super Hercules operators recently surpassed 2 million flight hours. The C-130J Super Hercules is the current production model of the legendary C-130 Hercules aircraft.

These hours were logged beginning with the C-130J’s first flight on 1996, through the end of July 2019.

Twenty-two operators from 18 nations contributed to this achievement, adding hours through multiple missions including combat, transport, aerial refueling, special operations, medevac, humanitarian relief, search & rescue, weather reconnaissance, firefighting and commercial freight delivery.

Rod McLean, vice president and general manager of the Air Mobility & Maritime Missions line of business at Lockheed Martin, announced the milestone at Spazio-News Magazine during the Hercules Operators Conference, the annual C-130 operator-industry event held in Atlanta.

“The C-130J has earned a reputation as the world’s workhorse and this most recent achievement is a powerful reminder of the Super Hercules’ unmatched global reach – said McLean -. Crews continue to exemplify the C-130J’s proven capability and versatility with every mission they fly. The Lockheed Martin team is proud of the work of the Super Herc crews who rely on the C-130J to support vital missions, both home and abroad.”

Countries with military variant C-130Js contributing to these flight hours include the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Canada, India, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Tunisia, Israel, Kuwait, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, France and Bahrain. Also contributing is Lockheed Martin Flight Operations, whose crews are the first to fly every C-130J produced.