C-130 Hercules, a History

A history of an aviation great, from the pen of a popular and well-established author of aviation history. This new book contains a great many outstanding images, mostly in full colour through the body of the book. As always the author has impeccably researched his subject – Much Recommended.


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NAME: C-130 Hercules, a History
FILE: R2641
AUTHOR: Martin W Bowman
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  320
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Cold War, Middle East Conflicts, Indo-China, Africa, 
South Atlantic, transport aircraft, assault transports, gunship, 
special services operations, turbo-prop transport, longevity

ISBN: 1-47386-318-X

IMAGE: B2641.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: A history of an aviation great, from the pen of a 
popular and well-established author of aviation history. This new 
book contains a great many outstanding images, mostly in full 
colour through the body of the book. As always the author has 
impeccably researched his subject – Much Recommended.

There are relatively few aircraft with global recognition and 
general acceptance as aviation greats. The C-130 is one of those 
aircraft and it seems destined to go on for ever as the Hercules 
replacement for many civil and military users is a new Hercules 
version.

The Hercules started on the design board in 1951, with the first 
prototype flying in 1954. Since then it has been adopted by more 
than 60 air forces and many civilian operators, in addition to the 
C-130s operated in Africa and Indo-China by the CIA's 'airlines'.  
More than 2,100 have been built in over 80 variants and Marshals, 
at Cambridge, UK, have undertaken major modifications for the RAF, 
lengthening the aircraft and adding aerial refuelling, which 
modifications arrived in time to support Operation Corporate where 
a British Task Force sailed some 8,000 miles to kick Argentine 
bandits out of the British Falkland Islands. In that operation. 
The Hercules undertook some very lengthy flights to maintain an 
air-bridge to sustain the new British garrison in the Falklands 
until a new airport could be built.

The author has done a great job in squeezing a comprehensive review 
of this incredible aircraft into a single volume with so many first 
rate colour images. The achievements of this aircraft are incredible 
and include the Israeli C-130s that flew from Israel to Uganda in 
an incredibly courageous and successful attempt to rescue skyjacked 
Israeli passengers held hostage by Palestinian terrorists supported 
by then President Idi Amin of Uganda. Another incredible Hercules 
mission, this time by the RCAF resulted in the award of IMO 
Exceptional Bravery Awards to a team of SAR specialists (one being 
posthumous) who were flown above the Arctic Circle in a rescue 
operation to save Inuit walrus hunters. The SAR team parachuted 
into the Arctic waters to sustain the hunters until an equally 
daring flight by an AW101 helicopter from Ganda could reach the 
party and pick up hunters and SAR team, including the body of the 
SAR specialist who died in the operation. During the period RCAF
 C-130 aircraft circled the area, providing command and control 
during the rescue.

There are just so many extraordinary stories about the C-130 and 
its operators. In addition to providing civil and military transport, 
the C-130 has been developed into a gunship with some very powerful 
artillery firing through ports cut into the fuselage sides, and been 
developed into a Special Forces transport and support aircraft that 
can also be used for combat SAR, recovering downed airmen deep in 
enemy territory. NASA has used the C-130 for several roles and the 
aircraft has been developed as a Met Flight aircraft.

This book should prove a best seller and serve a very wide 
readership, including those who might not otherwise purchase an 
aviation history book.