CC-130H Hercules


CC-130H Hercules



The CC-130H Hercules is a four-engine fixed-wing turboprop aircraft that can carry up to 78 combat troops. It is used for a wide range of missions, including:

  • troop transport
  • tactical airlift (both palletized and vehicular cargo)
  • search and rescue (SAR)
  • air-to-air refuelling (AAR)
  • aircrew training.

It can carry more than 17,000 kilograms of fuel for tactical AAR. In the tactical AAR role, the Hercules can transfer 450 to 900 kilograms of fuel per minute. It refuels the CF-18 Hornet fighter aircraft in less than five minutes.

The CC-130H Hercules has a maximum range of 7,222 kilometres and a cruising speed of 556 kilometres per hour. Capable of short takeoffs and landings (STOL) on unprepared runways, it can respond to SAR emergencies on almost any terrain and under the most challenging weather conditions. It can also transport troops and equipment in support of humanitarian aid operations conducted by the Canadian Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

The first CC-130H/E Hercules entered service in Canada in 1960. The current CC-130H Hercules was purchased in 1996. The first of 17 new J-model CC-130s arrived in 2010 replacing the oldest aircraft in the Hercules fleet.


Named OperationsYearLocationHow the aircraft was employed
BOXTOP Annually Canada Delivers fuel and supplies to the remote Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut.
IMPACT 2014-Ongoing Iraq, Syria Transports supplies and equipment, in support of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.


Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

Aircraft Description A four-engine turboprop tactical transport aircraft with a rear cargo ramp, rugged landing gear, good short-field performance and high ground clearance for engines and propellers, used for troop transport, tactical airlift (both palletized and vehicular cargo), search and rescue, air-to-air refueling, and aircrew training and qualification. Designed to operate from unimproved airstrips in an active theatre of operations.
Length 29.79 m (97.7 ft)
Wingspan 40.41 m (132.6 ft)
Height 11.73 m (38.5 ft)
Empty Weight 37,272 kg (82,000 lbs)
Maximum Gross Weight 87,320 kg (175,000 lbs)
Power 4 Allison T-56-A-15 engines
Speed 556 km/h (345 mph)
Service Ceiling 10,770 m (35,335 ft)
Maximum Range 7,222 km (4,488 statute miles)
Crew 2 pilots, 1 air combat systems officer, 1 flight engineer and 1 loadmaster, plus 2 search and rescue technicians on SAR operations
Passengers 92
Troops 90
Paratroopers 64
Litters 74 plus 2 attendants
Year(s) procured 1960 to 1997
Quantity in CF 12
Location(s) 8 Wing Trenton, ON
14 Wing Greenwood, NS
17 Wing Winnipeg, MB




A man wearing a helmet and military flight suit adjusts the helmet worn by a person dressed as Santa Claus inside a large aircraft.

Santa takes a tiger by the tail

Santa Claus had the opportunity for a different type of flight from his normal sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer when he went on a familiarization flight with 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron.
December 11, 2019

Collapsed main wing jack

CC130617 Hercules-J - Epilogue

Early in the morning of 1 Jul 12 (0212Z), contracted personnel working on a CC150 Airbus in 10 Hangar heard a loud noise and noticed that the Hercules in the adjacent Bay 5 was rocking from side to side.
July 1, 2012

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