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C-130 Hercules

Entering service in the 1950s, Lockheed's C-130 Hercules has proven a dependable, versatile aircraft for over 50 years. C-130s have flown in countless operations since their introduction, and have the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft. The C-130 on display (Bureau Number 149798), a KC-130F aerial refueling version, holds a place in naval history as the only aircraft of its type to ever fly from the deck of an aircraft carrier. In 1963, during trials aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59) to determine whether the Hercules could be used as a carrier onboard delivery aircraft, Lieutenant James Flatley, Lieutenant Commander W.W. Stovall, and Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class E.F. Brennan successfully made 29 touch-and-go landings, 21 unarrested full-stop landings, and 21 unassisted takeoffs at gross weights of 85,000 pounds up to 121,000 pounds.

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