This stunning video shows a Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules during flight display at Paris Airshow 2011. It includes full cockpit audio and cockpit video footage.
The Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules is the newest version of the Hercules and the only model still in production. Externally similar to the classic Hercules in general appearance, the J-model features considerably updated technology. These differences include new Rolls-Royce AE 2100 D3 turboprops with Dowty R391 composite scimitar propellers, digital avionics (including head-up displays (HUDs) for each pilot), and reduced crew requirements. These changes have improved performance over its C-130E/H predecessors, such as 40% greater range, 21% higher maximum speed, and 41% shorter takeoff distance. The J-model is available in a standard-length or stretched -30 variant.
With more than 50 years, the Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. Fifteen nations have placed orders for a total of 300 C-130Js, of which 206 aircraft have been delivered as of December 2010.
After the video was taken offline, I contacted the owner to try to get it back online as soon as possible.
This was his statement:
“In truth, that video was never meant to be released, it was set to unlisted and only sent to a few individuals, (…) kinda got a bit out of hand and wasn’t cleared for release. If the USAF and Lockheed Martin agree to let me re-post it i will do”
Video back online!