Sunday, May 6, 2018

Can't Believe Everything We Read

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft that was introduced back in the 1950s. Many subsequent models of this magnificent machine have rolled from the factory in the decades since.

Washington Post writer Avi Selk is sloppy in his article about the "Herc" that went down in Savannah, Georgia, last week. He opens his piece by describing all Hercs as being around for many decades -- at least he gives that impression to the average reader. It is very important to note that many 130s have been manufactured since its first roll-out. What is important is the "airframe" age; the "hull number".

As it turns out: According to reliable sources, this particular Herc was built in the 1950s.


Dominic M said...

And all the B52s still flyin' around. When will they finally retire these birds?

Simon St. Laurent said...

Again, the Herc has been in production for decades. The latest model: the C-130J

As for the B-52 "Stratofortress": the U.S. Air Force planned years ago to retire the type. But, unfortunately, they've nothing to replace it. It's a "bomb truck"; a carrier of much and assorted ordnance.