07 April 2016

Museum Gets Vintage Hercules

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum at Rockcliffe, in Ottawa has a new acquisition. On Tuesday 05 April 2016 the RCAF delivered its last remaining Lockheed CC-130E Hercules to the museum.

This "E" model Herc, serial 130307, was in service for 51 years and accumulated more than 30,000 airframe hours before being retired from the fleet. This particular "E" model was last operated by 424 Transport & Rescue Squadron, based at 8 Wing, CFB Trenton. The "E" model was an upgrade to the previous "B" model, with the additional of more fuel in wing-mounted external tanks for more range.

There are still older "E" model Hercs in service elsewhere in the world and the RCAF continues to operate newer "H" and "J" models, so the Hercules has not disappeared from Canadian skies quite yet.

Hercules 307 is now at the museum at Rockcliffe airport and will be soon displayed there for the public to have a look at.

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