Lockheed L-100 Hercules


Credit: Petr Popelar Collection @ Airlines.net


The Lockheed L-100 Hercules is the civilian variant of the prolific C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft made by the Lockheed Corporation. Its first flight occurred in 1964. Longer L-100-20 and L-100-30 versions were developed. L-100 production ended in 1992 with 114 aircraft delivered. An updated variant of the model, LM-100J, have completed its first flight in Marietta, Georgia on May 25, 2017, and is set to start production in 2018-2019.

In 1959, Pan American World Airways ordered 12 of Lockheed’s GL-207 Super Hercules to be delivered by 1962, to be powered by four 6,000 eshp Allison T61 turboprops.[citation needed] The Super Hercules was to be 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m) longer than the C-130B; a variant powered by 6,445 eshp Rolls-Royce Tynes and a jet-powered variant with four Pratt & Whitney JT3D-11 turbofans were also under development. Both Pan American and Slick Airways (which had ordered six) cancelled their orders and the other variants did not evolve past design studies.

Lockheed decided to produce a commercial variant based on a de-militarised version of the C-130E Hercules. The prototype L-100 (registered N1130E) first flew on April 20, 1964 when it carried out a 1-hour, 25-minute flight. The type certificate was awarded on 16 February 1965. Twenty-one production aircraft were then built with the first delivery to Continental Air Services on September 30, 1965.

An updated civilian version of the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules was under development, but the program was placed on hold indefinitely in 2000 to focus on military development and production. On February 3, 2014, Lockheed Martin formally relaunched the LM-100J program, saying it expects to sell 75 aircraft. Lockheed sees the new LM-100J as an ideal replacement for the existing civil L-100 fleets.


Specifications (L-100-30)

General characteristics
Crew: 3-4: (two pilots, navigator, flight engineer/loadmaster)
Payload: 51,050 lb (23,150 kg)
Length: 112 ft 9 in (34.35 m)
Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.4 m)
Height: 38 ft 3 in (11.66 m)
Wing area: 1,745 ft² (162.1 m²)
Empty weight: 77,740 lb (35,260 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 155,000 lb (70,300 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × Allison 501-D22A turboprops, 4,510 shp (3,360 kW) each

Performance
Maximum speed: 308 knots (354 mph (570 km/h)) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
Cruise speed: 292 kts (336 mph (541 km/h))
Range: 1,334 nmi (1,535 mi (2,470 km))
Ferry range: 4,830 nmi (5,554 mi (8,938 km))
Service ceiling: 23,000 ft (7,000 m)
Rate of climb: 1,830 ft/min (9.3 m/s)

Source: Wikipedia
Lockheed L-100 Hercules - Wikipedia


Merpati Airlines received special L-100-30’s fitted with cabin windows (see photo above.)

I don’t think it will be hard for FDS to add this because this and the C-130 are essentially the same aircraft.

What’s all the area above the windows for? They must have massive over head bins!

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Never thought of that! Sadly there isn’t an interior picture.

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Photo here, looks like there is just tons of head room.

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I thought this plane had no cabin windows? Im serious that cabin looks sooooo good!

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Looks awesome, maybe the upper sections are where they load the hold luggage? Seems there doesn’t seem to be anywhere else allocated?

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Look at the photo that @PlaneCrazy linked. Just a lot of head room :)

In the military models we have a lot of electronics and junk overhead. A LOT.

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Wow I actually have never heard of this aircraft! Looks kinda cool.

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Finally founded this topic! I actually wanted this to come and with the unique liveries it has (even Delta had one)

Woah! Love this!

This would be dope low key 🔑

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