German Air Force's C-130J Hercules aircraft makes it's first flight

According to a tweet published by liiTango on November 9, 2021, the first Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft for Germany made its maiden flight, the Bundeswehr announced.

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German Air Forces C 130J Hercules aircraft makes its first flight Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft (Picture source: Twitter account of r116440)

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems.

The aircraft is highly flexible, with the ability to airdrop a variety of stores and paratroopers and operate from natural surface landing zones. To conduct these missions it is vital that Hercules crews are highly skilled in low-level flying.

The aircraft performs in the same roles at night using night-vision goggles (NVGs), while station-keeping equipment (SKE) enables it to remain in formation during poor weather. Long-range capabilities are enhanced with air-to-air refueling, while the Air Survival Rescue Apparatus may be mounted in the cabin for search and rescue missions, enabling the Hercules to airdrop life rafts and emergency supplies.