The U.S. Air Force utilizes the C-130H which is also known as “Hercules”, serving with Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Pacific Air Forces, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations. Specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions.
Crew: Two pilots, navigator, flight engineer, and loadmaster
Empty weight: 75,800 pounds
Payload: 42,000 pounds
Cruise speed: 336 mph
Maximum speed: 366 mph
Mission: Airdrop and airlanding of cargo and people. Aeromedical evacuation from hostile zones worldwide.