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Lockheed C-130E Hercules of the 43rd Airlift Wing, United States Air Force

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a multipurpose military transport aircraft used by many different nations around the world. This is a list of the specific military units that fly it.



Algerian Air Force

Algerian Air Force

AAF operates 19 C-130 transports, including 9 C-130H, 8 C-130H-30, and 2 L-100-30 models.


Angolan Air Force

Received 6 C-130K, 3 L-100-20, and 2 L-100-30 aircraft. None in flying condition now.


Botswana Air Force


Cameroon Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules 1989.

Cameroon Air Force


Chad Air Force


Egyptian Air Force

Egyptian Air Force
  • 26 Sqn based at Cairo West Airport (C-130H/C-130H-30/EC130H)


Ethiopian Air Force


Gabon Air Force


Libyan Air Force
Free Libyan Air Force


RMAF's Lockheed C-130H Hercules

Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Escadrille de Transport based at Rabat (C-130H)



Nigerian Air Force
  • 88 MAG based at Lagos (C-130H, C-130H-30). On 26 September 1992 a NAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules serial number 911 crashed three minutes after take-off from Lagos, Nigeria when three engines failed possibly due to high take-off weight. All 158 people on board were killed, including 8 foreign nationals.[1]

 South Africa

A SAAF C-130 in 2011

South African Air Force


Sudanese Air Force


Tunisian Air Force




Bangladesh Air Force
  • 4 C-130B and 1 TC-130B under 101st Squadron based on BAF Base Kurmitola[2]

 Republic of China

Republic of China Air Force
  • 19 x C-130H and 1 x C130HE with 439th Combined Wing (439聯隊)
    • 10th Tactical Airlift Group (101st Airlift Squadron and 102nd Airlift Squadron) – C-130H
    • 20th Electronic Warfare Group (6th Electronic Warfare Squadron) – 1 C-130HE


Indian Air Force
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted its first C-130J-30 Super Hercules on 5 February 2011.[3] The remaining five on order were delivered by the end of 2011, and operated by 77 Squadron, the Veiled Vipers. On 3 October 2011 India announced its decision to buy six additional C-130J-30 Super Hercules[4] taking the total to 12. The IAF has six C-130J-30s in service as of January 2012.[5]


Indonesian Air Force

TNI-AU – 24 C-130B/C/H, 2 KC-13-B
  • Skadron Udara 17 (VIP Squadron) – C-130H-30 (also operates Lockheed L-100-30)
  • Skadron Udara 31 (Logistics & Transport Squadron) – C-130H-30 (also operates Lockheed L-100-30)
  • Skadron Udara 32 (Logistics & Transport Squadron) – C-130H-30, C-130B/C and KC-130B


An Iranian C-130 Hercules in 2010

Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
  • C-130E, C-130H and 1 RC-130.


Iraqi Air Force


Israeli C-130 Hercules

Israeli Air Force


C-130H of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Japan Air Self-Defense Force

The Japan Defense Agency ordered C-130H which were the then latest model in 1981. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) received first C-130H in 1984 and purchased 16 in total from Lockheed by 1998. JASDF C-130Hs was active in Iraq for the transportation during until 2008 from 2004. Some C-130Hs will be equipped with aerial fuel-receiving and refueling functions.[7][8]

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

The JMSDF bought six KC-130R aircraft that were retired and in storage. They are being refitted with new landing gear supports, cargo door supports, center wing rainbow fittings, and corrosion repair. In addition to structural modifications, the Japanese will receive thirty overhauled T56-A-16 engines and digital cockpit upgrades to include a digital GPS. Regeneration began in November 2012 and will be completed by Fall 2013. The JMSDF plan to use the aircraft for troop and cargo movement, humanitarian efforts, transport of senior leaders, and medical evacuation.[9]


Lockheed C-130H Hercules Royal Jordanian Air Force

Royal Jordanian Air Force
  • 3 Sqn based at Al Matar Airbase/Amman (currently operates 7 C-130H/E & 2 Casa CN-295), older C-130Bs were sold to Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and converted to KC-130B configuration in early 1980s.)


Kuwait Air Force
  • 41 Sqn based at Kuwait International Airport (L-100-30)


Royal Malaysian Air Force
  • 14 Sqn based at Labuan (C-130H)
  • 20 Sqn based at Subang (C-130H, C-130H-30, C-130T)


Royal Air Force of Oman C-130H

Royal Air Force of Oman
  • 16 Sqn based at Seeb (C-130H)


Pakistan Air Force
  • No.35 Composite Air Transport Wing, PAF Base Chaklala[citation needed]
    • No.6 Squadron Antelopes (C-130B, C-130E, L-100)


Servicemen unload a Philippine C-130 bringing relief supplies to Panay Island following Typhoon Frank

Philippine Air Force
  • 222nd Airlift Sq, 220th Airlift Wing, Benito Ebuen AB, Mactan Island, Cebu (C-130B/H)


Qatar Emiri Air Force

Four C-130Js on order for delivery from 2011[10]

 Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules

Royal Saudi Air Force
  • 1 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (VC-130H, L-100-30)
  • 4 Sqn based at Jeddah (C-130E, C-130H, C-130H-30)
  • 16 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (C-130E, C-130H, L-100-30)
  • 32 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (KC-130H)
Armed Forces Medical Services


A Republic of Singapore Air Force C-130 Hercules over Darwin International Airport

Republic of Singapore Air Force
  • 122 Squadron – 5× C-130H, 1× KC-130H and 4× KC-130B (ex-Royal Jordanian Air Force airframes) based at Paya Lebar Air Base. Starting from 2010, all 10 aircraft will progressively undergo an extensive modernisation/upgrade process by ST Aerospace to bring them up to a common standard (K/C-130H3) with the replacement of cockpit flight management system by a modern glass cockpit avionics suite, central engine displays to replace analogue gauges, improved voice communications, digital autopilot, flight director as well as a digital weather radar, which will make the aircraft Global Air Traffic Management (GATM)-compliant. Also, the C-130Bs will receive an auxiliary power unit and environmental control system in common with the C-130Hs.[11][12]

 South Korea

Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Introduced into service in January 1988.

 South Vietnam

Vietnam Air Force
  • Former operator. No longer in service

 Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Air Force


Royal Thai Air Force
  • 601 Squadron-6th Wing-Don Muang RTAFB Bangkok (12 Aircraft)


Turkish Air Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules

Turkish Air Force
  • 222 Filo based at Erkilet (C-130B, C-130E)
  • 7 C-130E Hercules (to be upgraded)
  • 5 C-130B Hercules (With ELINT/SIGINT equipment)

All C-130 aircraft in Turkish service were to begin a 56 month upgrade by Turkish Aerospace Industries termed the Erciyes Program. Two are to be done directly at TAI while the remainder will be upgraded by the Air Force under TAI oversight. Primary aim of the upgrade is to improve the avionics with 17 new systems and five upgraded ones. Turkish content in both hardware and software has been increased to reduce long term costs.[13]

 United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates Air Force


Yemen Air Force



Austrian Air Force
  • Kommando Luftunterstützung, Lufttransportstaffel und Fliegertechnische Kompanie 130 Linz/Horsching (C-130K)


Belgian Air Component
  • 15th wing – Brussels-Melsbroek (12 x C-130H operated from 1972)

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Royal Danish Air Force
  • 721 Eskadrille – Aalborg (4 C-130J-30)


Lockheed C-130H30 Armée de l'Air at Paris Le Bourget IAP in August 2012.

French Air Force
  • ET 02.061 Franche-Comté based at Orléans Bricy Air Base (C-130H/C-130H-30)


Greek Air Force C-130H Hercules

Hellenic Air Force
  • 112 Pterix 356 Mira 'Iraklis' – Elefsis (10 C-130H and 5 ex US C-130B,all with upgraded avionics by Spar Aerospace)


Italian Air Force
  • 46 Brigata Aerea, 2 Gruppo – Pisa-San Giusto 12x C-130J (6x with KC-130J kit)
  • 46 Brigata Aerea, 50 Gruppo – Pisa-San Giusto 10x C-130J-30


Royal Netherlands Air Force

Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • 336 Squadron – Eindhoven (2x C-130H, 2x C-130H-30)


Royal Norwegian Air Force


Polish Air Force
  • 14 Eskadra Lotnictwa Transportowego, Powidz (5 ex-USAF C-130E Hercules overhauled and delivered to Poland in 2009–2012 as part of military aid, 3 more C-130E leased between 2009 and 2012 as interim solution, two of them are retired and given to Poland for spares, last one returned to USA).[14]


Portuguese Air Force
  • 501 Esquadra BA6 Montijo (C-130H/H-30)


Romanian Air Force


Spanish Air Force KC-130H Hercules

Spanish Air Force
  • Esc 311 Zaragoza (C-130H/H-30)
  • Esc 312 Zaragoza (KC/C-130H)


Swedish Air Force

 United Kingdom

Royal Air Force Hercules C.3

Royal Air Force
Met Office

North America


Canadian Forces Air Command/Royal Canadian Air Force


Mexican Air Force C-130K

Mexican Air Force
  • 302 Air Squadron, Santa Lucía airbase, Estado de México (9 C-130A/E/H/K/L-100-30 + 2 C-130J-30)

United States

United States Air Force
United States Air National Guard
United States Coast Guard
  • 5th Coast Guard District, Elizabeth City, North Carolina (HC-130H)
  • 7th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, Florida (HC-130H)
  • 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu, Hawaii (HC-130H)
  • 17th Coast Guard District Kodiak Island, Alaska (HC-130H)
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy

South America

Argentine KC-130H Hercules

Brazilian Air Force Hercules


Argentine Air Force
  • 1st Air Brigade
    • 1st Air Transport Squadron – El Palomar Air Base (3x/5x C-130B/H, 2x KC-130H, L-100-30)


Bolivian Air Force
  • Escuadrón de Transporte 710 with 2x C-130B and 1x C-130H
  • Fuerza de Tarea Diablos Negros with 3x C-130B
  • Transporte Aéreos Bolivianos with 1x RC-130A


Brazilian Air Force
  • 1.Grupo de Transporte – Galeão (C-130E) 11x aircraft in service
  • 1.Grupo de Transporte de Tropas – Campo dos Afonsos 10x C-130H and 2x KC-130 in service
  • Called C-130M (Modernized by Derco) In Brazilian Service (Total: 5x C-130E/ 3x RC-130E/ 13x C-130H/ 2x KC-130)

In 2001 FAB obtained ten ex-Italian Air Force, (AMI) C-130H models, which were replaced in Italian AMI service by new C-130J's.[16]


Chilean Air Force
  • Grupo de Aviación N°10 (2x C-130H, 3x C-130B)


Colombian Air Force


Ecuadorian Air Force


Honduras Air Force


Peruvian Air Force


Uruguayan C-130B Hercules

Uruguayan Air Force
  • Escuadrón Aéreo Nº3 (Nº3 Air Squadron) -2 C130B-[17]


Venezuelan Air Force


A C-130H of the Royal New Zealand Air Force


Royal Australian Air Force

 New Zealand

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Civilian operators


First Air
  • 2 L-382 HerculesG for cargo operations in the Arctic; only civilian operator in Canada


  • One aircraft operated – leased, based at Frankfurt Rhein-Main 1983


Air Contractors
  • One aircraft operated – leased from Safair

 South Africa

  • Operated 9 L100-30


Zimex Aviation
  • 2 L100-30 operated for Red Cross

United States

Lynden Air Cargo
  • 6 L-382 Hercules for cargo operations; largest civilian operator in the Americas.
Chery Aviation
  • 1 ex-Royal Australian Air Force C-130A A97-212 (now N131EC)
Neptune Aviation Services
  • AT-130 water tanker

See also


  1. Accident description for Lockheed C-130H Hercules NAF911 Lagos at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. "Directory: World Air Forces". Flight International, 14–20 December 2010.
  3. IAF inducts the C-130J aircraft into its fleet
  4. "India to acquire six more C-130J aircraft – The Economic Times". The Times Of India. 2 October 2011. 
  5. "World Military Aircraft Inventory". 2012 Aerospace. Aviation Week and Space Technology, January 2012.
  6. Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Hercs - Lockheed press release, December 12, 2012
  7. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Boeing Team Delivers C-130H Aerial Refueling Tanker to Japan". Boeing Company. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  8. "C-130H added aerial refueling and reputation"(Japanese). Asagumo News. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  9. Sale Gives New Life to Excess C-130s -, March 7, 2013
  10. "Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For Four C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft For Qatar" Lockheed Martin Press release, 7 October 2008.
  11. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Gary Parsons (21 September 2010). "Singapore gets first upgraded C-130". Key Publishing. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  12. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Greg Waldron (12 November 2010). "Singapore's C-130 upgrade makes progress". Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  13. "Turkey Taps TAI." Aviation Week & Space Technology. 11 December 2006.
  14. Lockheed C-130 Hercules w Wojsku Polskim.
  15. Marnix Sap, Carlo Brummer: Fortele Aeriene Romane in: Lotnictwo Nr. 4/2010, p.38 (Polish)
  17. Hercules-FAU
  18. Australian Department of Defence media release Royal Australian Air Force Squadrons Celebrate New Role. 17 November 2006.

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