The C-130 Flight Test Program

From the day 3001, the first C-130, began construction, the Marietta plant has been producing C-130s non-stop to this very  day, and likely for decades to come. 



6 responses to “The C-130 Flight Test Program”

  1. SFC Dunlap 173d RVN Avatar
    SFC Dunlap 173d RVN

    Four fans to freedom!!!!


  2. Seeing what appeared to be a B47 in the bacground, i am curious how many aircraft the USAF phased out between birth of the service and birth of the C130. I suspect that the Herc has seen the rise and fall of just about 100% of USAF aircraft types.
    Glad they changed that horrendous nose, though.


  3. SFC Dunlap 173d RVN Avatar
    SFC Dunlap 173d RVN

    Losing that “Rome” nose was a good move!


  4. An excellent book by Martin Caidin titled “The Long Arm of America”.
    It chronicles the development and testing of the C-130. I read it in 1965.


  5. I prefer “Development of Fixed Wing Gunships 1967 – 1972” and “Praetorian Starship”
    either way, I’m a Charlie-130 guy, flown, repaired and modified them for most of my service and post retirement life


  6. SFC Dunlap 173d RVN Avatar
    SFC Dunlap 173d RVN

    Second best “buzz” job EVER was a TNANG Herc flown by an LTC post airborne op and was going to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan. That Colonel had an hour or two in Hercs too I’d the “buzz” job was any indication.


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