C-130 Aircraft Carrier Landings and Takeoffs from Don Meena

Interesting facts about the c-130, I thought the C-47 was a legacy plane.During 1963, a KC-130F aircraft made history by landing and
taking off from the aircraft carrier; USS Forrestal (CVA-59). The crew successfully negotiated 29 touch-and-go landings, 21 unarrested full-stop landings, and 21 unassisted takeoffs at gross weights of 85,000 pounds up to 121,000 pounds. Lockheed’s only modifications to the original plane included installing a smaller nose-landing gear orifice, an improved anti-skid braking system, and removal of the underwing refueling pods. No tailhook…No catapult. Painted on the side of the fuselage; “LOOK MA, NO
HOOK.”
The airplane became the largest and heaviest aircraft to ever land on an aircraft carrier, a record that stands to this day.

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