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

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

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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