CC-130H Hercules

Aircraft
Overview

The CC-130H Hercules is primarily used for search and rescue operations. While it also carries out transport missions, its main focus is saving lives through the Canadian Armed Forces’ search and rescue mandate.

It has a range of more than 7,200 kilometres and can transport approximately 80 passengers, operate on short unpaved runways and fly in severe weather conditions. These capabilities make the CC-130H an excellent aircraft for search and rescue operations over the vast span of Canada’s central and northern regions.

Length 29.79 m
Wingspan 40.41 m
Height 11.73 m
Maximum gross weight 87,320 kg
Maximum speed 556 km/h
Range (without tanks) 7,222 km
Locations
  • Greenwood, N.S.
  • Trenton, Ont.
  • Winnipeg, Man.
This aircraft is used for: Search and rescue

News

Three aircraft flying in formation in a blue sky. The middle aircraft has propellers and is much bigger that the other two on its sides, which are jet fighters.

The Mighty Hercules celebrates 60 years in the RCAF

When Lockheed engineers and designers created the Hercules aircraft in the 1950s, it’s doubtful that they had any idea how versatile and iconic the plane would turn out to be and that it would one day celebrate 60 years of service in the RCAF.
October 14, 2020

An orange twin-propeller aircraft in flight

An overview of our search and rescue aircraft

SAR Technicians use many different kinds of equipment to do their job, but they rely on aircraft to transport them where they need to go to save lives. Here are the aircraft that Canadian SAR Technicians use in their everyday work.
September 24, 2020

A big green and grey helicopter sits on rocks in an Arctic setting.

Vikings in the North: 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron’s first search and rescue mission

450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron was called upon to rescue people stranded on a small island in the Hudson Bay, near Puvirnituq, Québec.
July 29, 2020

Four containers attached to parachutes falling in the sky with a large grey propeller aircraft flying overhead on the right.

Parachuting-in: Arctic airdrops support Canadian Armed Forces operations and presence in the North

Members of 436 Transport Squadron conducted an airdrop of supplies at Canadian Forces Station Alert on June 22, 2020, using a container delivery system and a CC-130J Hercules to drop a training load.
July 22, 2020

polaris

CC-150 Polaris tanker fleet reaches NORAD milestone

The RCAF and the Canadian NORAD Region achieved initial operating capability for their fleet of CC-150 Polaris air-to-air refuelling tankers.
July 20, 2020

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