CC-130J Hercules


CC-130J Hercules



The 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 Royal Canadian Air Force readyied the aircraft and its crews for deployment to Afghanistan in less than seven months after receiving the first new J-model aircraft.

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 June 4, 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 (e.g., 130337). Thus, the first CC-130J Hercules has the tail number 130601.


Named OperationsYearLocationHow the aircraft was employed
BOXTOP Annually Canada Delivers fuel and supplies to the remote Canadian Forces Station Alert, Nunavut.
NANOOK Annually Canada Transports supplies and equipment, as part of sovereignty operations conducted in Canada’s North.
NUNALIVUT Annually Canada Transports personnel, supplies, and equipment to Nunavut, in support of sovereignty operations in Canada’s North.
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

The CC-130J Hercules is 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. It is used for troop transport, tactical airlift (both palletized and vehicular cargo) and aircrew training and qualification. It is designed to operate from rudimental airstrips in an active theatre of operations. The CC-130J has the same look as its predecessors, but in fact is a greatly improved airplane. The new "Hercs" fly faster, higher, and farther, carrying heavier loads while burning less fuel. They deliver cutting edge technology to provide the Canadian Forces with a cost-effective, operationally-proven tactical airlift capability.


112 ft 9 in. / 34.37 m


38 ft 9 in. / 11.81 m


132 ft 7 in. / 40.38 m

Horizontal tail span

52 ft 8 in. / 16.05 m

Power Plant

Four Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 4,591 SHP (shaft horsepower) turboprop engines; Dowty R391, 6-blade propellers (all composite)

Maximum take-off weight (MTOW)

164,000 lb / 74,389 kg

Maximum payload

48,000 lb / 21,772 kg

Maximum cruise speed

355 KTAS / 660 km / hr

Landing/take-off ground roll (typical assault mission)

1,500 ft / 457 m

Payload at 500 n. mi /926 km

 47,000 lb / 21,319 kg

Maximum range without tanks

3,700 nautical miles / 6,852 km

Cargo compartment length

55 feet (15 feet longer than the C-130J-Short)


Minimum 2 pilots and 1 loadmaster



Combat paratroops

92 combat

Year procured

2010 to 2012

Quantity in CF



8 Wing Trenton, ON


Lockheed Martin Corporation

(These numbers can be subject to modification based on aircraft configuration)


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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