What is the difference between KC-130 and C-130?

What is the difference between KC-130 and C-130?

The Lockheed Martin (previously Lockheed) KC-130 is a family of the extended-range tanker version of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft modified for aerial refueling. It replaced older KC-130F, KC-130R, and KC-130T variants, while one USMC reserve unit still operates 12 KC-130T aircraft.

What does KC in KC-130 stand for?

The aircraft type designations can seem pretty strange, and our alphabet only has 26 letters. K = Tanker (Aerial Refueler) C = Cargo. There is in fact a KC-135 fleet operated by the US Air Force. The US Marine Corps operates the KC-130, a tanker version of the C-130 Hercules.

Are Marine helicopter pilots officers?

To become a Marine Corps helicopter pilot, you need to be a commissioned officer. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, flight training is the longest and most extensive training in the Corps.

How many planes can a KC-130 refuel?

two aircraft
The United States Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force both operate the KC-10. Serving the Marine Corps refueling requirements for both tactical aircraft and helicopters, the KC-130 has a fuel capacity of 60,000 lbs. Using wing mounted drogue refueling pods, it can refuel two aircraft simultaneously.

Can a C-130 land on an aircraft carrier?

The test revealed that the C-130 could lift 25,000 pounds (12.5 tons) of cargo and transport it 2,500 miles and land safely on the carrier, according to the video below. Still, the Navy considered it too risky and defaulted to the smaller COD.

How high can a KC-135 fly?

41,000 feet
Technical Specifications

First flight Aug. 31, 1956
Cruising speed 552 mph
Range 5,000 miles
Ceiling 41,000 feet
Power Four 13,750-pound-thrust P&W J57 turbojet engines

What is a Harvest Hawk?

Harvest Hawks provide ‘overwatch’ for friendly ground troops by spending hours slowly orbiting overhead, using their sensor balls to scan huge swathes of terrain and spy on what the locals below are up to.

What rank would a helicopter pilot be?

warrant officers
However, while jet pilots in the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy must be commissioned officers, helicopter pilots in the Army are warrant officers, a rank between enlisted personnel and commissioned officers.

What’s the difference between a KC 10 and a KC 135?

Unlike the KC-135, the KC-10’s hose-and-drogue system allows refueling of Navy, Marine Corps, and most allied aircraft, all in one mission. The final twenty KC-10s produced included wing-mounted pods for added refueling locations.