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HC-130H: Hercules

C-130H - Hercules


The C-130H is a mainstay of the United States Coast Guard air fleet.

The Coast Guard's fleet currently includes 22 HC-130H, two HC-130H with the Avionics One Upgrade (A1U), and six HC-130J models of the famous Hercules, widely recognized as the West's premier military transport.

The Coast Guard's history with the "Herc" dates to 1958, when it first ordered the R8V-1G (HC-130B) model, (now retired.) The configuration of these aircraft is suitable for a variety of missions.

The four-engine, high-wing aircraft can carry 92 passengers, although the usual number is 44, with 14 web seats and pallets with 15 airline-style seats each. The HC-130H can also carry 51,000 pounds of cargo, rescue, or oil-pollution-control equipment.

Operated by a crew of seven (7), the HC-130H can airdrop life rafts or dewatering pumps, or dispersant for oil pollution control.

Air Stations


Power Plant
Four 4,910 hp Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines
Cruising Speed: 374 mph
Service Ceiling: 33,000 feet
Range: 2,487 miles
Empty: 75,743 pounds
Gross Weight: 175,000 pounds
Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches
Length: 99 feet, 7 inches
Height: 38 feet, 8 inches
Wing Area: 1,745 square feet
Last Modified 1/12/2016