Lockheed C-130H Hercules

First flying 68 years ago, the Lockheed Hercules is a four-engine military transport plane that has seen extensive service throughout NATO and other nations around the world. The Hercules is still in production as the C-130J Super Hercules. In addition to transport, operators of the C-130 have found a variety of different uses for the type. This has included being a gunship armed with artillery cannons, search and rescue, scientific research, aerial refuelling, electronic combat and maritime patrol to name but a few. Whilst the C-130J is still in production and is still receiving new orders, the RAF were the launch customer for this new version of the Hercules in 1995 and will be retiring their last example shortly before this year's Air Tattoo.

The UAE operate a fleet of eight C-130H Hercules. Whilst there have been discussions and previous requests to acquire the C-130J as a replacement, no deliveries have yet taken place.

The UAE will be sending one of their C-130H Hercules to this year's Air Tattoo in support of the Fursan Al Emirat display team. It is not yet known if the aircraft will be appearing on static display.

On display