Canadian Warplanes 5: Lockheed CC-130 Hercules

Lockheed CC-130 Hercules

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3660070)

Lockheed C-130B Hercules (Serial No. 10301), Resolute Bay or CFS Alert, with a Bombardier B-12 Snow Coach c1960s (Red Ensign era).  

This ex-USAF Hercules (Serial No. 60-5450), was delivered new to No. 435 (T) Squadron, RCAF Station Namao, Alberta, in November 1960. It was transferred to No. 408 Squadron at Rivers Camp, Manitoba from Namao, Alberta on 21 May 1965.  It was the first Hercules to fly with this unit. The aircraft was returned to Lockheed on 10 April 1967. It went on the civil market, Reg. No. N4652 in July 1967, then to the Columbian Air Force in January 1969 )Serial No. FAC-1003). On 16 October 1982, this Hercules ditched in the Atlantic Ocean after running out of fuel while en route from the Azores to Bermuda due to navigation system failure.  Although 5 of the 13 on board died, the Hercules remained afloat for two days.

Lockheed CC-130B Hercules (5), (Serial Nos. 10301-10304), and one USAF leased aircraft (Serial No. 65-0969)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (23), (Serial Nos. 130305-130328), CC-130H (14), (Serial Nos. 130329-130342), CC-130H-30 (2), (Serial Nos. 130343-130344), CC-130NY, CC-130J (17), (Serial Nos. 130601-130617) for a total of 56 aircraft.

(CAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Lockheed CC-130H-30 Hercules (Serial No. 130342), No. 435 Squadron, flying near Comox, British Columbia, in 2005.  This aircraft is a tanker, which is readily apparent by the AAR pod on each wing outboard of the engines.  This particular aircraft was destroyed on 21 Feb 2012 in Florida.  The crew was very skilled in how they handled the in-flight emergency and were lucky that they were where they were when it happened.

(RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (Serial No. 10320), No. 435 "Chinthe" (T) Squadron based at RCAF Station Namao, Alberta. 10320 was re-numbered (Serial No. 13020) on 28 May 1970.

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Lockheed CC-130B Hercules, RCAF (Serial No. 10303), c1966.

(RCAF Photo)

Lockheed CC-130B Hercules, RCAF (Serial No. 10303), dropping Canadian paratroops, ca 1966.

(RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)

Lockheed CC-130B Hercules, RCAF (Serial No. 10301), the first of many Hercules that would serve with the RCAF, the Canadian Armed Forces and again the RCAF.  Ex-USAF (Serial No. 60-5450).  It was taken on strength with No. 435 "Chinthe" (T) Squadron at RCAF Station Namao, Alberta, on 5 Oct 1960.  10301 later served with No. 408 "Goose" (Transport Support and Area Reconnaissance) Squadron at RCAF Station Rivers, Manitoba, and finally with No. 4 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario, on 14 Mar 1966.  The aircraft was purchased by Lockheed Georgia Company (Marietta, Georgia) on 29 Mar 1967.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CC-130B Hercules (Serial No. 10301). unloading a Canadair CL-13 Sabre (Serial No. 23470), No, 444 Squadron, at RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario in the 1950s.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5039583)

Lockheed CC-130B Hercules (Serial No. 10302), No. 435 Squadron, during Operation Re-supply at RCAF Detachment Resolute Bay, Northwest Territories, ca early 1960s.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CC-130B Hercules (Serial No. 10301), No. 435 Squadron, Namao, Alberta.  

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CC-130B Hercules (Serial No. 10301), No. 435 Squadron, Namao, Alberta.

(RCAF photo via Mike Kaehler)

Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, CFB Edmonton, Alberta, c1980.

(CAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (Serial No. 130310), ca 1973.

(Alain Rioux Photo)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules, RCAF (Serial No. 130315).

(Alain Rioux Photo)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules, RCAF (Serial No. 130321), 28 Feb 1993.

(DND Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules, (130307), with Canadian Airborne Regiment soldiers boarding.

(Author Photo)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules, view of Canadian Army Military Freefall Parachutists (MFP) exiting with full equipment, ca 1979.

(Author Photo)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (Serial No. 130318), view of Canadian Army Military Freefall Parachutists (MFP) exiting, ca 1977.

(Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (Serial No. 130308).

(RCAF Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Lockheed CC-130H Hercules (Serial No. 130329).

(Pedro Aragão Photo)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (Serial No. 130315), Aug 1986.

(Aldo Bidini Photo)

Lockheed CC-130E Hercules (Serial No. 130323), Aug 1986.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5056631)

Canadian Forces Lockheed CC-130 Hercules, UNIIMOG, 1988.  The United Nations Iran–Iraq Military Observer Group was a United Nations commission created during the Iran–Iraq War by the United Nations Security Council in Resolution 619 of August 9, 1988. The withdrawal of UNIIMOG forces in 1991 marked the official end to the Iran–Iraq War.

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Lockheed CC-130J-30 Hercules (Serial No. 130615), No. 436 Squadron, in service with the RCAF, operating out of CFB Trenton, Ontario.

(BriYYZ Photo)

Lockheed CC-130H Hercules (Serial No. 130339).

(Mike Kaehler Photo)

Lockheed CC-130H Hercules (Serial No. 130338), No. 435 Squadron in a tanker configuration, shortly after take-off in 2019 while visiting CFB Comox, British Columbia.

(Paul Nity Photo)

Lockheed CC-130H Hercules (Serial No. 130341).

(Paul Nity Photo)

Lockheed CC-130J Super Hercules (Serial No. 130612).

(Alain Rioux Photo)

Lockheed CC-130J Super Hercules (Serial No. 130606), 2 June 2011.