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Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

C-130E Hercules

62-1892

 
 
C-130E Hercules Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 10, 2020
1. C-130E Hercules Marker
Inscription.  The C-130 Hercules was designed in 1951, for the US Air Force Tactical Air Command, to fill a request for proposal for a jet transport able to airdrop troops at 125 knots (144 MPH). Lockheed was chosen to build the transport, and the YC-130A flew for the first time on August 21, 1954. Deliveries of the first 219 aircraft began in December 1956. The "A" model's three-blade turboprop engines were replaced with stronger four-blade turboprop engines in the C-130B version, and deliveries of those began in May 1959. The C-130E version used the same engines, but added two external 1,290 gallon fuel tanks, and the aircraft's maximum takeoff weight was increased. Deliveries of the first "E" models began in August 1962. Since then, more than fifty variants have been built, including the C-130J, first purchased in February 1999. One of the most recognizable transport aircraft in the world, its fifty plus years of operation is testament to the Herk's versatile design. In addition to traditional airlift, aeromedical, and humanitarian missions, specialized versions have been used for gunships, Antarctica resupply, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling,
C-130E Hercules Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 10, 2020
2. C-130E Hercules Marker
and firefighting. This display aircraft is painted in Air Mobility Command "Proud Gray" as it would have looked assigned to Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, in the 1990s. First acquired by the Air Force on August 1, 1963, this C-130E has seen service in England, France, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. For approximately twenty years, beginning in September 1974, this aircraft was flown by the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard, and supported firefighting efforts throughout the western United States. Today, this display honors all who have flown and supported the "Mighty Herc" over the past 50 years, and to those who will continue to do so into the future.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceMilitary.
 
Location. 38° 32.949′ N, 89° 52.013′ W. Marker is in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker can be reached from Seibert Road 0.7 miles east of Air Mobility Drive (Illinois Route 158). Marker is located at Scott Field Heritage Air Park, near the west entrance of Scott Air Force Base. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 763 Seibert Rd, Scott Air Force Base IL 62225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. C-21A (within shouting distance of this marker); C-9A Nightingale
C-130E Hercules image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 10, 2020
3. C-130E Hercules
The plane and marker, located at Scott Field Heritage Air Park.
(within shouting distance of this marker); C-140A Jetstar (within shouting distance of this marker); KC-135E Stratotanker (within shouting distance of this marker); C-141B Starlifter (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 123 E First Street (approx. 3.7 miles away); 119 E First Street (approx. 3.7 miles away); 220 E State Street (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scott Air Force Base.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lockheed C-130 Hercules on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. C-130 Hercules fact sheet. From the Air Force's website (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Supplementary plaque image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 10, 2020
4. Supplementary plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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