C-130H (NZ) Hercules
The C-130 Hercules element of the Fixed Wing Transport Forces (FWTF) is provided by No. 40 Squadron RNZAF. The Squadron operates a fleet of five C-130 Hercules aircraft which have been upgraded to the C-130H (NZ) following a Life Extension Programme (LEP).
The C-130H provides strategic airlift (inter-theatre) and tactical airlift (intra-theatre) as well as participating in international training exercises. Tasks are flown in support of combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations. The agility of the C-130H (NZ) means it can be seen operating in the cold of Antarctica one week and the heat of the tropics the next.
No. 40 Squadron provides C-130 crews of six personnel - pilot, co-pilot, air warfare officer, air engineer and two loadmasters.
Missions flown include:
- passenger and cargo movement (by Airland and Airdrop)
- combat employment and sustainment
- aero-medical evacuation
- Special Operations support.
||4 x Allison T56-A-15 engines (4,910 shaft horsepower)|
||Approx 7,400km (4,000NM)|
||Range of approx 4,100km (2,200NM) with payload of 12,700Kgs (28,000Ibs)|
||Note: All performance figures for still air, ISA conditions with standard fuel reserves |
||555 km/h (300kts)|
||Sea level - 12,802m (42,000ft)|
||Two pilots, one navigator, one flight engineer and two loadmasters|
||92 Troops or 64 Paratroops|
||6 cargo pallets|
||The RNZAF currently operates five C-130 Hercules. It took delivery of the first three Hercules (NZ7001 - NZ7003) in 1965. These were the first C-130H production models off the Lockheed production line. A further two C-130H, (NZ7004 - NZ7005) were added in 1969. The aircraft have undergone a modernisation and structural improvement programme to ensure that they last until 2025. Upgraded aircraft are designated C-130H (NZ)|