In the 1970s lockheed proposed a c 130 variant with turbofan engines rather than turboprops but the us air force preferred the takeoff performance of the existing aircraft in the 1980s the c 130 was intended to be replaced by the advanced medium stol transport project the project was canceled and the c 130 has remained in production. Lockheed c 130 and its variants chris reed on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this revised expanded edition chronicles the development and career of the worlds predominant military airlifter. The lockheed martin c 130j super hercules is a four engine turboprop military transport aircraftthe c 130j is a comprehensive update of the lockheed c 130 hercules with new engines flight deck and other systemsthe hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. The lockheed c 130 a development of the 1950s has become a proven aircraft of many faces during its service tenure which continues today overview there are a total of 12 lockheed c 130 hercules variants in the military factory. The first of some 70 different variants a ski equipped version for resupplying distant early warning radar sites was initially tested in 1957 an electronic reconnaissance version came soon after read more about the many missions of the hercules lockheed martin has updated the design of the c 130 multiple times since 1954
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