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After 60 years, C-130 still a 'magnificent machine'

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Tim Nguyen regards the C-130 “Hercules” as a “good friend.” The 60-year-old military aircraft has been the focus of his professional career, and quite possibly saved his life. During the 1975 Fall of Saigon, Nguyen -- then serving in the South Vietnamese air force -- escaped on the last C-130 out of Vietnam. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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genethemarine
Gene spanos 3
It was only a 25 min ride up to the DMZ that day from DaNang.
The C-130 did it job.....many times over too.
Thank you AF.
A great ride indeed.
Fred60
Fred Willson 1
Just like the DC3, it has surely earned it's place in aviation history. Probably the two best airplanes the military ever had and more than likely the C130 will be around in civilian applications long after the military discontinues them.
klharrod
Kenneth Harrod 1
I flew around the Mediterranean from Genoa Italy to Rota Spain in a Navy C-130 in 1965 stopping at Nice France and Barcelonia Spain. They had trouble regulating the heat roasted some of the time,froze the rest of the time.
wopri
I had the chance to catch a ride in one of them, from CFB Europe to London and back, quite rare for a civilian I think. Talk about a purpose built machine.
GaAubie
Ken Hardy 1
I inspected C-130's for a number of years at Lockheed, they had their share of issues like any plane but the H model was the best and still flys in a lot of countries. Just like in any big military program, the Company lobbies Congress to keep building them even if the Military says " we have enough " that is how the J model came about, it has upgraded power plants and avionics but pretty much does the same thing as the H models plus it has the 6 blade composite props from Downey that are problem areas. Hundreds of various models are parked in the Az desert that still are useable.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Good Old Lockheed.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Even if Lockheed is building them, all graft and corruption aside, they built a plane this time. Military can be manipulated but too much civilian use here to be denied. You got to give the devil his due.
preacher1
preacher1 1
As the story says, that C 130 that was the last out of Saigon is now on display, right outside the main gate, at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville AR.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Preacher, did you catch the part about the carrier landing? I thik I recall something . . .
preacher1
preacher1 1
How sweet it is. Doolittle and his boys didn't have no small stuff.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
revenge is sweetest when served over ice.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
My dad was in the AAF at McClellen Field when Doolittle & Co stopped over. He said NOBODY but Doolittle's crew could get anywhere near the planes. Seems to have worked.
preacher1
preacher1 1
Yeah; it seems to me after I first mentioned it and got poo pooed about it, there were several videos at a later date and now this. Kinda sweet. LOL