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#5162 Pakistan Air Force - Lockheed C-130E Hercules (4178)

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Lockheed C-130E Hercules (4178) from the Pakistan Air Force at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)

Wearing special "Journey to Excellence" marking on the tail in celebration of the 75th anniversary of PAF No. 6 Air Transport Support (ATS) Squadron and the 100th anniversary of the RAF. The aircraft nose section is sporting No. 6 "Antelopes" Squadron colours.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin). Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting. It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. More than 40 variants of the Hercules, including a civilian one marketed as the Lockheed L-100, operate in more than 60 nations. The C-130E is an extended-range development of the C-130B, with two underwing fuel tanks and increased range and endurance capabilities. The C-130 Hercules has been the PAF's primary tactical transport aircraft since its induction in the early 1960s. Currently 5 C-130B and 11 C-130E models are in service, upgraded with Allison T56-A-15 turboprops and extended fatigue lives by Lockheed-Georgia Company.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 Air Tattoo will reflect the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a commemoration
and celebration of a century of service to the United Kingdom and its allies.

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