List of Lockheed C-130 Hercules operators

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Military operators of the C-130:
  Current operators
  Former operators
Lockheed C-130E Hercules of the 43rd Airlift Wing, United States Air Force

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a multipurpose military transport aircraft used by many different nations around the world. This is a list of the specific military units, as well as some civilian airlines, that fly it.



Algerian Air Force
Algerian Air Force

AAF operates 19 C-130 transports, including 9 C-130H, 8 C-130H-30, and 2 L-100-30 models.


Angolan Air Force

Received 6 C-130K, 3 L-100-20, and 2 L-100-30 aircraft. None in flying condition now.


Botswana Air Force


Cameroon Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules 1989.
Cameroon Air Force


Chad Air Force


Egyptian Air Force


Ethiopian Air Force


Gabon Air Force


Libyan Air Force
Free Libyan Air Force


RMAF's Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Escadrille de Transport based at Rabat (C-130H)



Nigerian Air Force
  • 88 MAG based at Lagos (C-130H, C-130H-30). On 26 September 1992 a NAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules serial number 911 crashed three minutes after take-off from Lagos, Nigeria when three engines failed possibly due to high take-off weight. All 158 people on board were killed, including 8 foreign nationals.[1]

 South Africa[edit]

A SAAF C-130 in 2011
South African Air Force


Sudanese Air Force


Tunisian Air Force




Bangladesh Air Force
  • 4 C-130B and 1 TC-130B under 101st Squadron based on BAF Base Kurmitola,[2]

 Republic of China[edit]

Republic of China Air Force
  • 19 x C-130H and 1 x C130HE with 439th Combined Wing (439聯隊)
    • 10th Tactical Airlift Group (101st Airlift Squadron and 102nd Airlift Squadron) – C-130H
    • 20th Electronic Warfare Group (6th Electronic Warfare Squadron) – 1 C-130HE


Indian Air Force C 130J Super Hercules
Indian Air Force
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted its first C-130J-30 Super Hercules on 5 February 2011.[3] The remaining five on order were delivered by the end of 2011, and operated by 77 Squadron, the Veiled Vipers. On 3 October 2011 India announced its decision to buy six additional C-130J-30 Super Hercules[4] taking the total to 12. The IAF has six C-130J-30s in service as of January 2012.[5]


TNI-AU – 24 C-130B/C/H, 2 KC-13-B
  • Skadron Udara 17 (VIP Squadron) – C-130H-30 (also operates Lockheed L-100-30)
  • Skadron Udara 31 (Logistics & Transport Squadron) – C-130H-30 (also operates Lockheed L-100-30)
  • Skadron Udara 32 (Logistics & Transport Squadron) – C-130H-30, C-130B/C and KC-130B


An Iranian C-130 Hercules in 2010
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
  • C-130E, C-130H and 1 RC-130.


Iraqi Air Force


Israeli C-130 Hercules
Israeli Air Force


C-130H of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Japan Air Self-Defense Force

The Japan Defense Agency ordered C-130H which were the then latest model in 1981. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) received first C-130H in 1984 and purchased 16 in total from Lockheed by 1998. JASDF C-130Hs was active in Iraq for the transportation during until 2008 from 2004. Some C-130Hs will be equipped with aerial fuel-receiving and refueling functions.[7][8]

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

The JMSDF bought six KC-130R aircraft that were retired and in storage. They are being refitted with new landing gear supports, cargo door supports, center wing rainbow fittings, and corrosion repair. In addition to structural modifications, the Japanese will receive thirty overhauled T56-A-16 engines and digital cockpit upgrades to include a digital GPS. Regeneration began in November 2012 and will be completed by Fall 2013. The JMSDF plan to use the aircraft for troop and cargo movement, humanitarian efforts, transport of senior leaders, and medical evacuation.[9]


Lockheed C-130H Hercules Royal Jordanian Air Force
Royal Jordanian Air Force
  • 3 Sqn based at Al Matar Airbase/Amman (currently operates 7 C-130H/E & 2 Casa CN-295), older C-130Bs were sold to Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and converted to KC-130B configuration in early 1980s.)


Kuwait Air Force


Royal Malaysian Air Force
  • 14 Sqn based at Labuan (C-130H)
  • 20 Sqn based at Subang (C-130H, C-130H-30, C-130T)


Royal Air Force of Oman C-130H
Royal Air Force of Oman
  • 16 Sqn based at Seeb (C-130H)


Pakistan Air Force


Servicemen unload a Philippine C-130 bringing relief supplies to Panay Island following Typhoon Frank
Philippine Air Force
  • 222nd Airlift Sq, 220th Airlift Wing, Benito Ebuen AB, Mactan Island, Cebu (C-130B/H) . Currently , 3 C-130B/H in service plus 2 units of C-130T was purchased from the United States . Another B model is planned to be repaired and overhauled .


Qatar Emiri Air Force

Four C-130Js on order for delivery from 2011[10]

 Saudi Arabia[edit]

Saudi Arabia Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Royal Saudi Air Force
  • 1 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (VC-130H, L-100-30)
  • 4 Sqn based at Jeddah (C-130E, C-130H, C-130H-30)
  • 16 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (C-130E, C-130H, L-100-30)
  • 32 Sqn based at Prince Sultan Airbase (KC-130H)
Armed Forces Medical Services


Republic of Singapore Air Force

 South Korea[edit]

Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Introduced into service in January 1988.

 South Vietnam[edit]

Vietnam Air Force
  • Former operator. No longer in service

 Sri Lanka[edit]

Sri Lanka Air Force


Royal Thai Air Force
  • 601 Squadron-6th Wing-Don Muang RTAFB Bangkok (12 Aircraft)

 United Arab Emirates[edit]

United Arab Emirates Air Force


Yemen Air Force



Austrian Air Force
  • Kommando Luftunterstützung, Lufttransportstaffel und Fliegertechnische Kompanie 130 Linz/Horsching (C-130K)


Belgian Air Component
  • 15th wing – Brussels-Melsbroek (10 x C-130H operational, 12 acquired in 1972, 1 crashed in 1996)


Royal Danish Air Force


Lockheed C-130H30 Armée de l'Air at Paris Le Bourget IAP in August 2012.
French Air Force


Greek Air Force C-130H Hercules
Hellenic Air Force
  • 112 Pterix 356 Mira 'Iraklis' – Elefsis (10 C-130H and 5 ex US C-130B,all with upgraded avionics by Spar Aerospace)


Italian Air Force operated 14 Lockheed C-130H Hercules from 1972 until 2001[14]

  • operates:
  • 46 Brigata Aerea, 2 Gruppo – Pisa-San Giusto 12x C-130J (6x with KC-130J kit)
  • 46 Brigata Aerea, 50 Gruppo – Pisa-San Giusto 10x C-130J-30


Royal Netherlands Air Force
Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • 336 Squadron – Eindhoven (2x C-130H, 2x C-130H-30)


Royal Norwegian Air Force


Polish Air Force
  • 14 Eskadra Lotnictwa Transportowego, Powidz (5 ex-USAF C-130E Hercules overhauled and delivered to Poland in 2009–2012 as part of military aid, 3 more C-130E leased between 2009 and 2012 as interim solution, two of them are retired and given to Poland for spares, last one returned to USA).[15]


Portuguese Air Force


Romanian Air Force


Spanish Air Force KC-130H Hercules
Spanish Air Force
  • Esc 311 Zaragoza (C-130H/H-30)
  • Esc 312 Zaragoza (KC/C-130H)


Swedish Air Force
Sweden has operated eight C-130 aircraft (locally designated the Tp 84), originally delivered as C-130Es beginning in February 1965. They were upgraded to C-130H standard in the 1980s and are assigned to F 7 Skaraborgs flygflottilj, 3 Transportflygenhet based at Såtenäs. The first aircraft delivered as withdrawn from service on 9 June 2014, with the second scheduled to follow shortly.[17]


Turkish Air Force Lockheed C-130E Hercules
Turkish Air Force
  • 222 Filo based at Erkilet (C-130B, C-130E)
  • 7 C-130E Hercules (to be upgraded)
  • 5 C-130B Hercules (With ELINT/SIGINT equipment)

All C-130 aircraft in Turkish service were to begin a 56 month upgrade by Turkish Aerospace Industries termed the Erciyes Program. Two are to be done directly at TAI while the remainder will be upgraded by the Air Force under TAI oversight. Primary aim of the upgrade is to improve the avionics with 17 new systems and five upgraded ones. Turkish content in both hardware and software has been increased to reduce long term costs.[18]

 United Kingdom[edit]

Royal Air Force Hercules C.3
Royal Air Force
Met Office

North America[edit]


Canadian Forces Air Command/Royal Canadian Air Force


Honduras Air Force


Mexican Air Force
  • 302 Air Squadron, Santa Lucía airbase, Estado de México (9 C-130A/E/H/K/L-100-30 + 2 C-130J-30)

 United States[edit]

United States Air Force
United States Air National Guard
United States Coast Guard
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy

South America[edit]

Argentine KC-130H Hercules
Colombian Air Force Hercules with special livery for the 2012 Royal International Air Tattoo air show


Argentine Air Force
  • 1st Air Brigade
    • 1st Air Transport Squadron – El Palomar Air Base (3x/5x C-130B/H, 2x KC-130H, L-100-30)


Bolivian Air Force
  • Escuadrón de Transporte 710 with 2x C-130B and 1x C-130H
  • Fuerza de Tarea Diablos Negros with 3x C-130B
  • Transporte Aéreos Bolivianos with 1x RC-130A


Brazilian Air Force
  • 1.Grupo de Transporte – Galeão (C-130E) 11x aircraft in service
  • 1.Grupo de Transporte de Tropas – Galeão 10x C-130H and 2x KC-130 in service
  • Called C-130M (Modernized by Derco) In Brazilian Service (Total: 5x C-130E/ 3x RC-130E/ 13x C-130H/ 2x KC-130)

In 2001 FAB obtained ten ex-Italian Air Force, (AMI) C-130H models, which were replaced in Italian AMI service by new C-130J's.[19]


Chilean Air Force
  • Grupo de Aviación N°10 (2x C-130H, 1x C-130B)


Colombian Air Force


Ecuadorian Air Force


Peruvian Air Force


Uruguayan C-130B Hercules
Uruguayan Air Force
  • Escuadrón Aéreo Nº3 (Nº3 Air Squadron) -2 C130B- Upgraded with Glass Cockpit by ENAER [20]


Venezuelan Air Force



Royal Australian Air Force
Country Fire Authority
  • Fire Bomber

 New Zealand[edit]

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Civilian operators[edit]


First Air


  • One aircraft operated – leased, based at Frankfurt Rhein-Main 1983


Air Contractors
  • One aircraft operated – leased from Safair

 South Africa[edit]

  • Operated 9 L100-30


Zimex Aviation

 United States[edit]

Lynden Air Cargo
  • 6 L-382 Hercules for cargo operations; largest civilian operator in the Americas.

 United States[edit]

International Air Response
  • 5 Lockheed C-130A Hercules for specialized aerial operations; largest civilian specialized aerial services operator in the world.
Chery Aviation
  • 1 ex-Royal Australian Air Force C-130A A97-212 (now N131EC)
Neptune Aviation Services
  • AT-130 water tanker

Former users[edit]

 United States[edit]

Delta Air Lines
  • Freight division, during the 1970's

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Accident description for Lockheed C-130H Hercules NAF911 Lagos at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. ^ "Directory: World Air Forces". Flight International, 14–20 December 2010.
  3. ^ IAF inducts the C-130J aircraft into its fleet
  4. ^ "India to acquire six more C-130J aircraft – The Economic Times". The Times Of India. 2 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory". 2012 Aerospace. Aviation Week and Space Technology, January 2012.
  6. ^ Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Hercs - Lockheed press release, December 12, 2012
  7. ^ "Boeing Team Delivers C-130H Aerial Refueling Tanker to Japan". Boeing Company. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "C-130H added aerial refueling and reputation"(Japanese). Asagumo News. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  9. ^ Sale Gives New Life to Excess C-130s -, March 7, 2013
  10. ^ "Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For Four C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft For Qatar" Lockheed Martin Press release, 7 October 2008.
  11. ^ Gary Parsons (21 September 2010). "Singapore gets first upgraded C-130". Key Publishing. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Greg Waldron (12 November 2010). "Singapore's C-130 upgrade makes progress". Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Schrøder, Hans (1991). "Royal Danish Airforce". Ed. Kay S. Nielsen. Tøjhusmuseet, 1991, p. 1–64. ISBN 87-89022-24-6.
  14. ^ aeroflight
  15. ^ Lockheed C-130 Hercules w Wojsku Polskim.
  16. ^ Marnix Sap, Carlo Brummer: Fortele Aeriene Romane in: Lotnictwo Nr. 4/2010, p.38 (Polish)
  17. ^ "Swedish Air Force's First Hercules Withdrawn from Use". Air Forces Monthly (317): 11. August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Turkey Taps TAI." Aviation Week & Space Technology. 11 December 2006.
  19. ^
  20. ^ Hercules-FAU
  21. ^ Australian Department of Defence media release Royal Australian Air Force Squadrons Celebrate New Role. 17 November 2006.