An aircraft fondly referred to as 'the workhorse of the skies' will take part in a unique flypast of the RAF's present and future giant airlift fleet at this summer's Air Tattoo.
Based at RAF Brize Norton, the C-130 Hercules will fly with the VC-10, followed by L-1011 TriStar, C-17A, A330 and A400M in a dramatic display of the RAF's tactical transport aircraft.
Over the years, the C-130 Hercules has proved to be a versatile and rugged aircraft, primarily intended for tactical operations including troop carrying, freight transport and aeromedical duties.
The other main role of the C-130 is Transport Support, which is the airborne delivery of personnel or stores by airdrop. In this role the aircraft supports airborne operations conducted by 16 Air Assault Brigade by the aerial delivery of paratroops, stores and equipment. The aircraft is particularly valuable in this role as it can be operated from unprepared and semi-prepared surfaces by day or by night.
Though originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation and cargo transport aircraft, over the years the C-130 Hercules' versatility has been proven, performing a wide variety of roles including as a gunship, search & rescue, aerial firefighting and for aerial refuelling.