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C-130 Hercules

A History by Bowman, Martin W. Code: 61979 Format: Paperback / 320 pages Publication date: 10/09/2022 Availability: In stock at supplier. Usually dispatched 7-15 business days Price: AU $49.99

Designed in response to a 1951 requirement, the C-130 Hercules is the most successful military airlifter ever built. Since it first flew in prototype form on 23 August 1954, more than 2,100 have been produced in over eighty different versions. Across its variants, the Hercules serves more than sixty air forces, as well as many civilian cargo operators, in a multiplicity of roles, including air-to-air refueller, gunship, airborne command post, flying hospital and fire-fighter. This rugged and easily maintained aircraft entered service in 1956 with the USAF Tactical Air Command. Ten years later the Charlie 130 was providing essential logistical support in Vietnam. This period in South-East Asia was the Hercules finest hour. Paradrops, airlift and evacuation operations were completed around the clock, often at low level, usually under fire and nearly always in bad weather. A generation later this Mr Dependable was serving with equal distinction in the Gulf War in the role of airlifter, radio-countermeasures and psy-ops platform, gunship and, once again, block-buster bomber. The Herky Bird or Fat Albert, as the C-130 is fondly known, has proved a key component in humanitarian relief operations ever since, in all parts of the world. The incredible success story of the C-130 is far from over. Here Martin W. Bowman tells the full story of this remarkable aircraft at first-hand. AUTHOR: Martin Bowman is one of Britains best-known Second World War aviation historians and authors. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Lost Wings of World War I and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. He lives in Norwich. 200 colour and b/w illustrations

Review: the C-130 has also been used as a combat aircraft, most famously as a gunship starting in Vietnam, but also as an ECM aircraft, on psychological warfare duties, and even as a rather impromptu bomber! This book also covers the C-130s service with Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.-- "History of War"
"British aviation historian Martin Bowman has produced an engaging retrospective on the long-lived and ubiquitous C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter... Sweeping in its scope, this book is an invaluable reference on one of historys most significant transports."-- "Aviation History" (11/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Highly recommended."-- "AMPS Indianapolis"

Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Availability: In stock at supplier. Usually dispatched 7-15 business days
Publisher: PEN & SWORD BOOKS LTD
Publication date: 10/09/2022
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 246.00mm X 172.00mm
Code: 61979

Martin Bowman is one of Britains best-known Second World War aviation historians and authors. His previous books have included works such as Legend of the Lancaster, Confounding the Reich, Duxford and the Big Wings, Clash of Eagles, Lost Wings of World War I and numerous titles in the exhaustive Air War series providing extensive coverage of operations carried out on D-Day and during the Market-Garden offensive at Arnhem. He lives in Norwich.