Lockheed Martin Delivers First C-130J-30 Super Hercules to Georgia Air National Guard

Lockheed Martin recently delivered the first of eight C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifters to the Georgia Air National Guard.

Notably, the 165th Airlift Wing ― the first C-130 operator in the state of Georgia — received its initial Hercules in 1975 and has operated several variants over the years.

The Savannah-based unit will now operate the C-130J-30 Super Hercules, which offers unprecedented power, space, integration and versatility.

Noteworthy, the 165th Airlift Wing has the distinction of operating the first all-C-130J-30 Super Hercules fleet in Georgia.

Its crews will rely on the C-130J-30 — the stretch version of the C-130J that adds 15 feet of cargo space ― to support strategic and tactical airlift mission requirements.

The C-130J Super Hercules is Georgia’s aerospace ambassador to the world, with almost 2.7 million flight hours and a $2 billion annual investment into the Georgia economy, which includes 18 Georgia-based suppliers.

Further, this delivery marks the first U.S. Air Force C-130J-30 aircraft to receive the Block 8.1 configuration during its initial production.

The Block 8.1 configuration improves interoperability across the fleet with features such as a new flight management system, enhanced navigation and inter-communication systems and updated friend-or-foe identification.

About C-130J Super Hercules

The C-130J Super Hercules is the proven standard in tactical airlift, providing a unique mix of versatility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere.

To date, 26 operators in 22 nations are part of the C-130J global fleet.

As of now, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 530 C-130J Super Hercules in 18 mission variants.

The C-130J-30 is a stretch version of the C-130J, a proven, highly reliable and affordable airlifter.

It adds 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space (two more pallets of equipment) in the cargo compartment.


Ceiling: 26,000 feet (8,000 meters) with 44,500 pounds (20,227 kilograms) payload

Speed: 410 mph/356 ktas (Mach 0.58) at 22,000 feet (6,706 meters)

Maximum Allowable Payload: 44,000 pounds (19,958 kilograms)

Range at Maximum Normal Payload: 2,417 miles (2,100 nautical miles)

Range with 40,000 pounds of Payload: 2,390 nm/4,425 km

Maximum Load: 8 pallets or 97 litters or 24 CDS bundles or 128 combat troops or 92 paratroopers, or a combination of any of these up to the cargo compartment capacity or maximum allowable weight

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 116,000 people worldwide

It is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. 

Source: https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2024-01-22-Lockheed-Martin-Delivers-First-C-130J-30-Super-Hercules-to-the-Georgia-Air-National-Guard