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C-130H (NZ) Hercules

RNZAF C-130(H) Hercules in Afghanistan

The C-130 Hercules element of the Fixed Wing Transport Forces (FWTF) is provided by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF. The Squadron operates a fleet of five C-130 Hercules aircraft which have been upgraded to the C-130H (NZ) following a Life Extension Programme (LEP).

The C-130H provides strategic airlift (inter-theatre) and tactical airlift (intra-theatre) as well as participating in international training exercises. Tasks are flown in support of combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations. The agility of the C-130H (NZ) means it can be seen operating in the cold of Antarctica one week and the heat of the tropics the next.

No. 40 Squadron provides C-130 crews of six personnel - pilot, co-pilot, air warfare officer, air engineer and two loadmasters.

Missions flown include:

  • passenger and cargo movement (by Airland and Airdrop)
  • combat employment and sustainment
  • aero-medical evacuation
  • Special Operations support.
Aircraft C-130H Hercules
Manufacturer Lockheed (USA)
Power plant 4 x Allison T56-A-15 engines (4,910 shaft horsepower)
Length 29.8m (98ft)
Wingspan 40.5m (133ft)
Height 11.7m (38ft)
Basic weight 34,927kgs (77,000lbs)
Gross weight 70,307kgs (155,000lbs)
Max payload 17,250kgs (38,000lbs)
Max fuel 28,540kgs (62,920lbs)
Ferry Range Approx 7,400km (4,000NM)
Typical Range Range of approx 4,100km (2,200NM) with payload of 12,700Kgs (28,000Ibs)
Note: All performance figures for still air, ISA conditions with standard fuel reserves
Cruising speed 555 km/h (300kts)
Operational altitude Sea level - 12,802m (42,000ft)
Crew Two pilots, one navigator, one flight engineer and two loadmasters
Passenger Configuration 92 Troops or 64 Paratroops
Medivac Configuration 74 stretchers
Freight Configuration 6 cargo pallets
Fleet History The RNZAF currently operates five C-130 Hercules. It took delivery of the first three Hercules (NZ7001 - NZ7003) in 1965. These were the first C-130H production models off the Lockheed production line. A further two C-130H, (NZ7004 - NZ7005) were added in 1969. The aircraft have undergone a modernisation and structural improvement programme to ensure that they last until 2025. Upgraded aircraft are designated C-130H (NZ)