Here’s a pretty picture perfect scene of fireworks exploding behind a C-130 Hercules airplane at Yokota Air Base, Japan. I like to imagine all those fanciful blue explosions as a swarm of alien planes that are waiting to come back to the mothership Hercules. Or something like that.
It may be the weird combination of airplanes, their colors, or the texture of the runway, but this photo of two Bangladesh F-7BG Defenders, a BAF C-130B Hercules and two U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules as they prepare to take off from BAF Base Bangabandhu, Bangladesh, feels like a 3D render to me.
The C-130 Hercules can basically land whatever the hell it wants, so the Danish Air Force took it to the beach because a) it's fun! and b) you never know when you will have to invade a country. You can see it from multiple angles, including the cockpit. Bonus: A collection of all-terrain Hercules landings—and a…
Outstanding photo of 24 (twenty-four!) USAF military transports in an elephant walk on December 6, 2014, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Ever wondered what air-to-air refuelling looked like up in the night skies? Thanks to the UK's Royal Air Force we can show you: this is what a Lockheed C-130 Hercules crew sees when refueling at night. So, quite a lot like Tron, then. [Cpl Neil Bryden/Royal Air Force/Facebook)
Like ducks in a row, five C-130 Hercules aircraft lined up before taking off at Yokota Air Base, Japan. That's one intimidating traffic jam to be in. The picture was taken for the US Air Force by Senior Airman Cody H. Ramirez on their Instagram page.
When an American aircraft goes down, be it over a remote training ground or behind enemy lines, the Air Force's crack teams of pararescue forces jump into action. The new HC-130J Combat King II is the plane that delivers them when Blackhawks can't, even into active combat zones.
Check out this formation of eight U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft flying in formation near Mount Fuji, Japan. It's so beautiful that it looks like an illustration or a frame from a lost Akira Kurosawa modern war film.
The C-130 is an old reliable. It's been hauling soldiers, dropping supplies and refueling planes for 60 years. And with the arrival of the new MC-130J Combat Shadow II, this model will be around for another 30.
This must have been incredibly terrifying! Imagine rumbling along in your massive C-130 over Afghanistan, when KABOOM, a UAV slams into your wing and tears a big chunk out if it. Now imagine having to land like that.
According to Boeing, the U.S. Air Force tested an oxygen-iodine laser with a 9 mile range in the New Mexico desert, calling the trial run a success.
What do you do with a C-130 cargo aircraft that has made a crash-landing in an insecure area of Iraq? If you're the 447th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron you wire it with explosives and you blow it up. Again and again and again... until it's in small enough bits to load onto a flatbed and ship back to an…