Fourth USAF Super Hercules airlifter arrives at Yokota, Japan

The fourth U.S. Air Force (USAF) C-130J Super Hercules arrives at Yokota Air Base, Japan on August 10, the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said in a statement.

This is the fourth new C-130J delivered to the 374th Airlift Wing based in Yokota from the Lockheed Martin facility as the base transitions from the older H model. .

This rugged aircraft is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments, and is often the first aircraft to touch down, usually on austere landing strips before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters.

About C-130J Super Hercules:

Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

These upgrades include new Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprop engines with Dowty R391 composite scimitar propellers, digital avionics (including head-up displays(HUDs) for each pilot), and reduced crew requirements. The new C-130J is 81% quieter during takeoff, 14% faster, can travel 1,287 km further, and can carry 4,090 kg more than its predecessor, the C-130H Hercules.

The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history.

The C-130J has the ability to transport more than 40,000 pounds of cargo and supplies. During more than 60 years of service, the family has participated in military, civilian, and humanitarian aid operations.

Currently there are more than 300 C-130Js in operation with 19 countries. The largest operator of the new model is the U.S. Air Force, which has ordered the aircraft in increasing numbers.

Current operators of the C-130J are the USAF (including the Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard), United States Marine Corps (being their fourth variant after KC-130F, KC-130R and KC-130T,) United States Coast Guard, Royal Air Force, Indian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Danish Air Force, Royal Norwegian Air Force, Israeli Air Force, and the Italian Air Force.

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