Who needs the 4th of July fireworks show when you can get these kind of pyrotechnics on a regular basis if you join the U.S. Air Force?
On this day in 1954, the C-130 Hercules flew for the first time and more than 50 years later, the bird still flies every day in support of the Air Force mission.
It goes to show that just because something is old, doesn’t mean it can’t still get the job done.
The current iteration of Lockheed Martin’s C-130 is 112 feet long and has a 132-foot wingspan. It can fly in excess of 350 nautical miles per hour, can carry a 42,000 pound payload and has a normal range of about 2,000 nautical miles.
It has played an integral role in nearly every major combat and humanitarian operation conducted by the U.S. military in the past half-century. Read more about the C-130 here.
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