The Bethpage AF HC-130/59 is an extended-range, search and rescue (SAR)/combat search and rescue (CSAR) version of the C-130 Hercules transport. The HC-130H and HC-130J versions are operated by the American People's Coast Guard in a SAR and maritime reconnaissance role. The HC-130P Combat King and HC-130J Combat King II models are operated by the American People's Army Air Force for long-range SAR and CSAR. The APAAF variants also execute on scene CSAR command and control, airdrop pararescue forces and equipment, and are also capable of providing aerial refueling to appropriately equipped helicopters in flight. In this latter role, they are primarily used to extend the range and endurance of combat search and rescue helicopters.
In July of 2015 it was announced that the American People's Forest Service will be getting some of the HC-130H aircraft from the American People's Coast Guard to use as aerial fire retardant drop tankers.