Lockheed L-100 Hercules

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeMedium range freighter
  • PowerplantsL-100-30 - Four 3362kW (4508shp) Allison 501-D22A turboprops driving four blade constant speed propellers.
  • PerformanceL-100-30 - Max cruising speed 571km/h (308kt). Range with max payload 2472km (1334nm), range with no payload 8950km (4830nm).
  • WeightsL-100-30 - Operating empty 35,260kg (77,736lb), max takeoff 70,310kg (155,000lb).
  • DimentionsL-100-30 - Wing span 40.41m (132ft 7in), length 34.37m (112ft 9in), height 11.66m (38ft 3in). Wing area 162.1m2 (1745.0sq ft).
  • CapacityL-100-30 - Flightcrew of three or four. Max payload of 23,158kg (51,054lb) comprising pallets or containers.
  • ProductionTotal L-100 built 114 (incl 22 L-100, 27 L-100-20, and 65 L-100-30).

Lockheed's L-100 vessels are the common equivalents of the admired military C-130 Hercules, and have ended up being of extraordinary utility, especially in undeveloped nations.

Lockheed started outline of the Hercules in light of a 1951 US Air Force prerequisite for a turboprop fueled tanker. This brought about the C-130 Hercules, which first flew in model structure on August 23 1954. Outline gimmicks incorporated the high mounted wing, four Allison 501/T56 turboprops and the back stacking cargo incline. The USAF requested the C-130 into arrangement generation in September 1952, and since that time more than 2500 have been manufactured.

The C-130's speak to cargo administrators headed Lockheed to create a common variant. The primary business renditions were focused around the C-130e model, and a neutralized demonstrator first flew in April 1964. This beginning common advancement, the L-100 (L-382), was honored common accreditation in February 1965. This model was soon caught up by the arrangement L-100 (L-382b), which presented an enhanced cargo taking care of framework.

Offers of these beginning variants were moderate, heading Lockheed to create the 2.54m (8ft 4in) extended L-100-20 (L-382e), which offered better cargo limit and working money matters. The L-100-20 was certificated in October 1968, however was soon trailed by the considerably more L-100-30 (L-382g). The -30 was 2.03m (6ft 8in) more drawn out than the -20, first flew in August 1970, and was conveyed from December that year. Most common Hercules deals have been of the L-100-30 variation. In spite of the fact that essentially a common flying machine, a few L-100s are in administration with military administrators, e.g. in Algeria, Gabon and Kuwait. The keep going L-100 was inherent 1992, while the last military Allison 501/T56 fueled C-130 was conveyed in 1996.

The L-100j would be a business subsidiary of the new era C-130j Hercules II. Upgrades would incorporate new 3425kw (4591shp) Rolls-Royce (Allison) AE-2100d3 progressed turboprop motors driving six cutting edge props, two team EFIS flightdeck and fundamentally lower support and working expenses. The C-130j first flew on April 5 1996, while US FAA common accreditation was granted in September 1998. The L-100j would be focused around the extended fuselage C-130j-30, yet in 2000 the project was solidified as Lockheed martin focussed on the military variations.

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