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C-130 Hercules

A BAF C-130/54 Hercules in flight.

The Bethpage Aircraft Factory C-130/54 (Allied Pact reporting name: "Hercules") is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built by the Bethpage Aircraft Factory in America. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130/54 was originally designed as a troop transport, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship, for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for most Wake Island Association militaries. The C-130/54 entered service with the UAPR in the 1950s. During its years of service, the C-130/54 family has participated in countless military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations.

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