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Thread: The immortal Herk, for all your pics 'n propaganda

  1. #61
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    Time to revive the Herky thread me thinks I have a question about the AC-130H/U: have the 25 and 40mm guns been replaced by the 30mm Bushmaster II as was anounced some time ago? Upgrade should have started last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calimero View Post
    Time to revive the Herky thread me thinks I have a question about the AC-130H/U: have the 25 and 40mm guns been replaced by the 30mm Bushmaster II as was anounced some time ago? Upgrade should have started last year.
    In the end, all the AC-130H and AC-130Us will have 2X30MM and 1X105MM. They are looking at a completion date of 2010 for all aircraft to be fitted with the 30MMs.
    The 20MMs that the older AC-130H carried had been removed between 1998 and 2000 (the barrels had been taken off of them and the holes covered in Plexiglas early 1998, but some had retained the actual guns till 2000)

    The AC-130U had always had the 25MM fitted but it was never the great success that they had hoped for.

    We might also see the integration of the Viper Strike GBU-44/B.
    Last edited by Spectre130; 4th March 2008 at 21:19.

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    Hello, dear C-130's colleagues,

    I was glad to discover this immortal thread, started more than 10 years ago !!

    How many operators ? then & now ? !

    Searching regularly to have a better view of all the 'users', I've made serious progresses,
    recently, in the Small AF thread #16, p 49 .......;
    WITH MANY THANKS to all the answering colleagues of 'there' !!

    as starting point, I have this Wiki-list (not fully correct) ;
    ..............http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockhee...ules#Operators
    >>>>>you have to add ; Abu Dhabi, Zaïre, Qatar, Vietnam, DRC,.

    But, altough cited -here & elsewhere- I don't consider these 'phantom' operators ;

    Angola, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Hungary, Liberia & Syria
    >>>>>>>>>Until "proof to the contrary" i.e. real pics with convincing markings !!

    For now, I conclude so ; 70 current operators & 3 former ones .....

    I'd like to know your POV & comments, mainly about the 6 above-cited phantoms...

    'out of competition' ; ; this former Soviet one (in the James Bond film "The living daylights");
    www.impdb.org/images/f/fe/TLDC-130_2.jpg

    Lookoing forward to read from you,
    friendly,

    ETIENNE
    Last edited by KERVYN; 14th April 2015 at 14:00.

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    a nice old thread. I will contribute with four herks. 3 Military and 1 civil.


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    Central African Republic C-130

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Lima View Post
    No mistaking which country this one comes from!
    aha so my memory wasn't playing tricks I thought Sweden were among the operators. Just didn't want to say anything in case I was wrong.
    The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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    thanks for your posts, Dear Guys,

    but I'll be able to reply more in details later this week ..........

    friendly,

    Etienne

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    I remember one weekend when my ATC squadron was flying at Marshalls, a brand spanking new C-130 flew
    in, with gleaming metallic finish. Ready for it's RAF colour scheme.

    No photos unfortunately.
    Engine Failure:.... A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with air.

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    CAR C-130 (post # 65 above)

    reply to cthornburg ;

    hello Chris,

    thanks for the excellent pic , probably of the (only ?) one reg TL-KNK , as you can see it in
    Small AF thread # 13 p 22 ...)

    BUT I don't think it was a military one ....!

    till now, the only 'military 'photo' is this one ;
    http://xairforces.net/galleryd.asp?id=56&galleryid=487 (already published before )

    BUT as some colleagues told me earlier, it's a fake /PS one ...
    just compare it with the original view :
    http://www.airliners.net/search/phot...ne_version=6.0(idem )

    in my POV, it remains possible a military painted one existed... with real convincing markings !!

    THUS ... the question remains OPEN ..

    friendly,
    ETIENNE
    Last edited by KERVYN; 17th April 2015 at 14:11.

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    In 1960 give or take Ames labs was experimenting with STOL aircraft. They modified a 130 with huge fowler flaps. They also mounted two jet engines between the regular engines where there can be fuel tanks. They used heavy air bleed from these jets for boundry layer air on the huge flap that at 100% were down 90 degrees from the wing.

    Im sure there was little weight in the aircraft, but it could take off in about 3 aircraft lengths and land in 5. It was amazing to see that plane pretty much just jump into the air.

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    Unless Dowty gets their manufacturing back online, a lack of propellers could shutter the C-130 production line which has been continuous operation for 50+years.

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