Lockheed Martin delivered the 2,600th aircraft of the C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter family on Oct. 21, the company announced.
This milestone Hercules was delivered to the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations airlifter assigned to 9th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.
A U.S. Air Force crew ferried its new MC-130J to its home on Oct. 22, flying this Herc from Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Georgia, site, where all production C-130s have been built.
The C-130J Super Hercules is the current C-130 production model and the global C-130J fleet recently surpassed 2 million flight hours. Twenty nations around the world have chosen the C-130J to support tactical airlift needs.
The U.S. Air Force maintains the largest C-130J fleet, with Super Hercs flown by Air Mobility Command (AMC), Air Combat Command (ACC), Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Force Reserve units. In addition, Defence Contract Management Agency (DCMA) crews support C-130J test flights at Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics site in Marietta, Georgia, home of C-130 production.