C-130 Hercules

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Hercs: Obsolete or Still Strong?
Austin Carter
ASCI 419
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Abstract
In this research paper I will discuss the many costs and programs of sustaining an older aircraft. I will also go into detail about what a RAP (Repair Assessment Program) is and how they operate to maintain and keep these aircraft formidable. I will also talk about what the government plans to do with the existing C-130 fleets.

The C-130 has been a major part of the U.S. militaries forces for over 57 years. It was manufactured by Lockheed and entered the U.S. military in the 1950’s and has the longest continuous production run of any other aircraft in the U.S. military (Lockheed, 2015). The C-130 has the nickname “Hercules” because it is just that. The C-130 has been retrofitted and dozens upon dozens of modifications have been engineered so that this aircraft can perform just about any type of mission the military needs. Every branch of the military utilizes the C-130 in one way or another. There have also been many different types of models with the most recent being the “J” model. Although Lockheed Martin is still manufacturing these aircraft and the military is still purchasing them, there are still in service many aircraft that were manufactured in the 80’s. Of course the level of technology that was implemented into aircraft then and now are not even comparable. To have an aircraft that is not up to par technologically is unsafe for the crew and cannot be depended upon by allies awaiting its mission accomplishment. In order to keep these aircraft formidable many updates and modifications must be made the aircraft. The majority of these modifications are electrical. The basic structural design has not varied much over the years except to account for heavier engines, heavier payloads, etc. It is essential that the RAP (Repair Assessment Program)…...

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