Lockheed CC-130J Hercules (130612) from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The Lockheed CC-130J Hercules is a four-engine, fixed-wing turboprop aircraft that can carry up to 92 combat troops or 128 non-combat passengers. It is used for a wide range of missions, including troop transport, tactical airlift and aircrew training. While on the outside the CC-130J looks almost identical to the older Hercules, on the inside the J-model is a completely new aircraft. The new "Hercs" fly faster, higher and farther, and can carry heavier loads while burning less fuel. They can use shorter landing and take-off fields and their climb time is reduced by up to 50 per cent compared to the older models. They deliver cutting edge technology to provide the Forces with a modern, cost-effective, operationally-proven tactical airlift capability. The new Hercules flies with a minimum crew of three – two pilots and a loadmaster – compared to five on the older Hercules. The first of the 17 CC-130J Hercules tactical aircraft arrived in Canada on 4 June 2010. The 17 CC-130Js are based at 8 Wing Trenton, along with the future Air Mobility Training Centre. This center houses the equipment and personnel needed to train the operators and maintainers of the CC-130J Hercules aircraft. To emphasize the "newness" of this aircraft when it was received, the J-models have a new series of tail numbers – the 600 series. The older Hercules aircraft have 300 series tail numbers (for example 130337). Thus, the first CC-130J Hercules has the tail number 130601.
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.