List of Lockheed C-130 Hercules operators
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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.
- 32nd and U/I Transport Squadrons under Transport Wing operates 18 C-130 transports, including 8 C-130H, 8 C-130H-30, and 2 L-100-30 models.
- 6th Transport Squadron received 6 C-130K, 3 L-100-20, and 2 L-100-30 aircraft, but none are in flying condition now.
- Z10 Transport Squadron with 3 C-130B
- Transport Squadron operates 3 C-130H
- Operates 1 C-130H and lost 1 in 2006
- 26 Sqn based at Cairo West Airport (C-130H/C-130H-30/EC130H)
- Transport Squadron operates 4 C-130B/E and 2 L-100-30
- Heavy Transport Squadron operates 1 C-130H
- 1230 Sqn at Mitiga International Airport with four C-130H
- A C-130H captured in airworthy condition with 3 others at Gamal Abdul El Nasser Air Base.
- Escadrille de Transport based at Rabat (C-130H)
- Operates 1 C-130H
- 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.
The South African Air Force has 12 C-130s. 7 C-130BZs were bought in 1963. The US donated 3 C-130Fs (retired) and 2 C-130Bs in 1997/98.
- Transport Squadron operates 1 C-130H; initially part of order of 6 C-130H from US in 1978-1979
- No. 21 Squadron operates 7 C-130B/H
- Operates 4 C-130H 
Taiwan (Republic of China)
- 19 C-130Hs and 1 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
- The Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted its first C-130J-30 Super Hercules on 5 February 2011. 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 with one more to replace the crashed aircraft taking the total to 12. The IAF has five C-130J-30s in service as of January 2016.
- TNI-AU – 24 C-130B/C/H/H-30, 2 KC-130B
- 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
- C-130E, C-130H and 1 RC-130.
- 103 "Elephants" Squadron at Nevatim (C-130E/H, KC-130H)
- 131 "Yellow Bird" Squadron at Nevatim (C-130E/H, KC-130H)
The Japan Defense Agency ordered the C-130H which was the newest model in 1981. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) purchased 16 in total to replace aging C-1 and YS-11P aircraft. The C-130Hs were received from 1984 to 1998.
JASDF C-130Hs were active in Iraq from 2004 to 2008. Two C-130Hs (95-1080 and 95-1083) have been equipped with aerial fuel-receiving and refueling functions, making them of KC-130H standard. This provides the JASDF with the ability to refuel the UH-60J search and rescue helicopters of its Air Rescue Wing.
The JMSDF bought six used KC-130R aircraft that were in storage, having been previously operated by the US Marines. There was some speculation that they may be used as gunships with the Harvest HAWK kit. In actuality they were purchased to replace three aging YS-11M/M-A aircraft of Air Transport Squadron 61.
Their air to air refueling equipment was removed, making them of C-130R standard. Corrosion repair was done and the aircraft were refitted with new landing gear supports, cargo door supports and center wing rainbow fittings. In addition to structural modifications, Japan received thirty overhauled T56-A-16 engines and digital cockpit upgrades to include a digital GPS. Regeneration of the first aircraft began in November 2012 and was planned to be completed by Fall 2013. The six C-130Rs were supplied from 2014 to 2016.
- 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.
- 41 Sqn based at Kuwait International Airport (L-100-30)
- 14 Sqn based at Labuan (C-130H)
- 20 Sqn based at Subang (C-130H, C-130H-30, C-130T)
- 16 Sqn based at Seeb (3 C-130H / 1 C-130J / 1 C-130J-30)
- NComposite Air Transport Wing, PAF Base Chaklala
- No.6 Squadron Antelopes (C-130B, C-130E, L-100)
- 222nd Airlift Sq, 220th Airlift Wing - 5× C-130B/H/T based in Mactan-Benito Ebuen Airbase, 2 C-130H/T are currently operational, 2 C-130B/T are undergoing repairs, and 1 C-130H burned down and was cannibalized for parts. 2× refurbished C-130H were purchased in 2019 and is awaiting delivery while the acquisition of 5× C-130J was recently approved and is awaiting funding. 
- Transport Squadron received four C-130Js on order for delivery from 2011
- 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)
- Operates 1 VC-130H flying hospital
- 122 Squadron – 5× C-130H, 1× KC-130H, 2× C-130B (ex-USAF) and 2× KC-130B (ex-Royal Jordanian Air Force airframes) based at Paya Lebar Air Base. Starting from 2010, all 10 aircraft will progressively undergo an extensive modernisation/upgrade process by ST Aerospace to bring them up to a common standard (K/C-130H3) with the replacement of cockpit flight management system by a modern glass cockpit avionics suite, central engine displays to replace analogue gauges, improved voice communications, digital autopilot, flight director as well as a digital weather radar, which will make the aircraft Global Air Traffic Management (GATM)-compliant. Also, the C-130Bs will receive an auxiliary power unit and environmental control system in common with the C-130Hs.
- Introduced into service in January 1988.
- Currently operates 12 X C-130H and older versions.
- 4 X C-130J in order (2 C-130J were delivered in 2014).
- 601 Squadron-6th Wing-Don Muang RTAFB Bangkok (12 Aircraft)
United Arab Emirates
- Operates 8: C-130H-30/L-100 under Transport Wing and C-130H under Central Air Command
- Operated 2 C-130H, both transferred to Yemen Airways as civilian aircraft with one destroyed in accident in 2010.
- Kommando Luftunterstützung, Lufttransportstaffel und Fliegertechnische Kompanie 130 Linz/Horsching (C-130K)
- Escadron de Transport 2/61 Franche-Comté based at Orléans – Bricy Air Base (C-130H / C-130H-30 / 1 C-130J-30)
- Escadron de Transport 3/61 Poitou based at Orléans – Bricy Air Base
The squadron will receive another C-130J-30 in 2019 The Air Force also has two KC-130J in order from the US Air Force
- 112 Pterix 356 Mira 'Iraklis' – Elefsis (10 C-130H and 5 ex US C-130B, all with upgraded avionics by Spar Aerospace)
- 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
- 336 Squadron – Eindhoven (2x C-130H, 2x C-130H-30)
- 335 Squadron, Gardermoen Air Station, Ullensaker (4 x C-130J operational since 2008 replacing 6 x C-130H 1969–2008)
- 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).
- 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 Skaraborg Air Force Wing (F 7), 3 Transportflygenhet based at Såtenäs. The first aircraft delivered as withdrawn from service on 9 June 2014, with the second scheduled to follow shortly.
- 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.
- No. 24 Squadron – RAF Brize Norton (C.4/C.5)
- No. 47 Squadron – RAF Brize Norton (C.4/C.5)
- No. 206 Squadron – RAF Brize Norton (C.4/C.5)
- Formerly - No. 70 Squadron – RAF Lyneham (C.1/C.3) - converting to A400M.
- No. 1312 Flight – Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands (C.1)
- Meteorological Research Flight – RAE Farnborough (W.2)
- 8 Wing Trenton
- 14 Wing Greenwood
- 17 Wing Winnipeg
- 5 ex-USAF C-130A assigned to Transport Squadron - 1 converted to C-130D with status of 2 unknown and 3 C-130A stored
- 302 Air Squadron, Santa Lucía airbase, Estado de México (9 C-130A/E/H/K/L-100-30 + 2 C-130J-30)
- 1st Special Operations Squadron – Kadena Air Base, Japan (MC-130H)
- 2d Airlift Squadron – Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, North Carolina (C-130H)
- 4th Special Operations Squadron – Hurlburt Field, Florida (AC-130J/U)
- 7th Special Operations Squadron – RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom (MC-130H)
- 9th Special Operations Squadron – Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (MC-130P)
- 14th Weapons Squadron – Hurlburt Field, Florida (MC-130H)
- 15th Special Operations Squadron – Hurlburt Field, Florida (MC-130H)
- 15th Test Squadron – Hill Air Force Base, Utah (C-130H)
- 16th Special Operations Squadron – Cannon AFB, New Mexico (AC-130W Stinger II)
- 17th Special Operations Squadron – Kadena Air Base, Japan (MC-130P)
- 19th Special Operations Squadron – Hurlburt Field, Florida (AC-130U/H)
- 35th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Muñiz Air National Guard Base / Munoz Marin IAP, Puerto Rico (C-130E/H)
- 36th Airlift Squadron – Yokota Air Base, Japan (C-130J)
- 37th Airlift Squadron – Ramstein Air Base, Germany (C-130J-30)
- 38th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Ramstein Air Base, Germany (C-130J-30)
- 39th Airlift Squadron – Dyess Air Force Base, Texas (C-130J)
- 39th Rescue Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Patrick Space Force Base, Cocoa Beach, Florida (HC-130N/P)
- 40th Airlift Squadron – Dyess Air Force Base, Texas (C-130J)
- 40th Flight Test Squadron – Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (MC-130E)
- 41st Airlift Squadron – Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas(C-130J)
- 41st Electronic Combat Squadron – Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona (EC-130H)
- 42d Electronic Combat Squadron – Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona (EC-130H)
- 43d Electronic Combat Squadron – Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona (EC-130H)
- 48th Airlift Squadron – Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas (C-130J)
- 50th Airlift Squadron – Now at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (KC-135R)
- 53d Airlift Squadron – Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas (C-130J)
- 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi (WC-130J)
- 61st Airlift Squadron – Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas (C-130J)
- 62nd Airlift Squadron – Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas (C-130J)
- 67th Special Operation Squadron – Mildenhall, United Kingdom (MC-130J Commando II)
- 71st Rescue Squadron – Moody Air Force Base, Georgia (HC-130J Combat King II)
- 79th Rescue Squadron – Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona (HC-130J Combat King II)
- 96th Airlift Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Minneapolis, Minnesota (C-130H3)
- 328th Airlift Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, New York (KC-135R)
- 339th Flight Test Squadron – Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
- 357th Airlift Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama (C-130H)
- 413th Flight Test Squadron – Hurlburt Field, Florida
- 418th Flight Test Squadron – Edwards Air Force Base, California (NC-130H, C-130J)
- 440th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve Command) – Pope Field, Fayetteville, North Carolina (C-130H)
- 550th Special Operations Squadron – Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico (MC-130P, MC-130H)
- 645th Material Squadron Detachment 1 – LA/Palmdale Regional Airport / Air Force Plant 42, California (MC-130E, EC-130H)
- 700th Airlift Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Atlanta, Georgia (C-130H)
- 731st Airlift Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado (C-130H)
- 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait (C-130H)
- 738th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait (C-130E/H)
- 745th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Al Udeid, Qatar (C-130H)
- 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Al Udeid, Qatar (C-130H)
- 747th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Al Udeid, Qatar (C-130J)
- 757th Airlift Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station / Youngstown Regional Airport, Youngstown, Ohio (C-130H)
- 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan (C-130E/H)
- 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron – Ali Air Base, Iraq (C-130H)
- 815th Airlift Squadron (Air Force Reserve Command) – Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi (C-130J)
- 102d Rescue Squadron – New York Air National Guard – Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base / Francis S. Gabreski Airport, Westhampton Beach, New York (HC-130N/P)
- 105th Airlift Squadron – Tennessee Air National Guard – Berry Field Air National Guard Base / Nashville International Airport, Tennessee (C-130H)
- 109th Airlift Squadron – Minnesota Air National Guard – Minneapolis-Saint Paul Joint Air Reserve Station, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport, Minnesota (C-130H)
- 115th Airlift Squadron – California Air National Guard – Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, California (C-130J-30)
- 118th Airlift Squadron -
- 130th Rescue Squadron – California Air National Guard – Moffett Field, Sunnyvale, California (HC-130J Combat King II)
- 130th Airlift Squadron – West Virginia Air National Guard – Charleston Air National Guard Base / Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia (C-130H)
- 136th Airlift Squadron - New York Air National Guard - Niagara Falls IAP, Niagara Falls, NY (C-130H)
- 139th Airlift Squadron – New York Air National Guard – Schenectady County Airport, Scotia, New York (LC/C-130H)
- 142d Airlift Squadron – Delaware Air National Guard – Wilmington, Delaware (C-130H)
- 143d Airlift Squadron – Rhode Island Air National Guard – Quonset State Airport, (C-130J)
- 144th Airlift Squadron – Alaska Air National Guard – Kulis Air National Guard Base, Anchorage, Alaska (C-130H)
- 154th Training Squadron – Arkansas Air National Guard – Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas (C-130E/H)
- 158th Airlift Squadron – Georgia Air National Guard – Savannah, Georgia (C-130H)
- 164th Airlift Squadron – Ohio Air National Guard – Mansfield, Ohio (C-130H)
- 165th Airlift Squadron – Kentucky Air National Guard – Louisville International Airport, Louisville, Kentucky (C-130H)
- 169th Airlift Squadron – Illinois Air National Guard – General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, Peoria County, Illinois (C-130H)
- 180th Airlift Squadron – Missouri Air National Guard – Rosecrans Memorial Airport, Saint Joseph, Missouri (C-130H)
- 181st Airlift Squadron – Texas Air National Guard – NAS JRB Fort Worth (Carswell Air Reserve Station), Fort Worth, Texas (C-130H)
- 187th Airlift Squadron – Wyoming Air National Guard – Cheyenne, Wyoming (C-130H)
- 192d Airlift Squadron – Nevada Air National Guard – Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Nevada (C-130H)
- 193d Special Operations Squadron – Pennsylvania Air National Guard – Olmsted Field (EC-130J)
- 198th Airlift Squadron – Puerto Rico Air National Guard – Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, Carolina, Puerto Rico (C-130E)
- 211th Rescue Squadron – Alaska Air National Guard – Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska (HC-130(H)N)
- 5th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina (HC-130J)
- 7th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, Florida (HC-130H)
- 11th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, McClellan, California (HC-130H)
- 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu, Hawaii (HC-130H)
- 17th Coast Guard District Kodiak Island, Alaska (HC-130H)
- Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile Regional Airport, Mobile, Alabama (HC-130H training)
- VMGR-152 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron – "Sumos" MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan (KC-130J)
- VMGR-234 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Rangers" NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas (KC-130J)
- VMGR-252 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Otis" MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina (KC-130J)
- VMGR-352 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Raiders" MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California (KC-130J)
- VMGR-452 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron "Yankees" Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York (KC-130T)
- VMGRT-253 Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Training Squadron "Titans" MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina (KC-130F/R/T)(Decommissioned)
- United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron "Blue Angels" – Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida (C-130T) 
- VX-20 Development Squadron – Patuxent River, Washington, D.C. (KC-130F/J)
- Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE ZERO "Bloodhounds" – Point Mugu, California (DC-130A/KC-130F)
- VR-53 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Capital Express" – Washington, DC
- VR-54 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Revelers" – Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Louisiana
- VR-55 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Minutemen" – Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California
- VR-62 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Nomads" – Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
- VR-64 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (Reserve) "Condors" – Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
- 1st Air Brigade
- 1st Air Transport Squadron – El Palomar Air Base (3x/5x C-130B/H, 2x KC-130H, L-100-30)
- 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
- 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)
- Grupo de Aviación N°10 (4xKC-130R, 2x C-130H, 1x C-130B)
- Air Command for Military Transportation (CATAM) – Bogotá
- Grupo de Transporte Aéreo 81 (C-130B, C-130H, C-130H-1)
- 11 Transport Wing (Ala de transporte 11) - Latacunga Air Base
- 1111 Transport Squadron "Hercules" (Esc. de transporte 1111 "Hercules") - operating C-130B/H
- Escuadrón Aéreo Nº3 (Nº3 Air Squadron) -2 C130B- Upgraded with Glass Cockpit by ENAER 
- Operates 2 C-130H
- No. 36 Squadron RAAF – (1958-2006)(C-130A)(C-130H)
- No. 37 Squadron RAAF – RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales (1966-)(C-130E)(C-130J)
- RAAF C-130 was used in 1982 for testing Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System
- Fire Bomber
- One aircraft operated – leased, based at Frankfurt Rhein-Main 1983
- One aircraft operated (L-100) – leased from Safair
- Operates 4 L100-30
- 2 L100-30 operated for Red Cross
- 7 L-382 Hercules for cargo operations; largest civilian operator in the world.
- 5 Lockheed C-130A Hercules for specialized aerial operations; largest civilian specialized aerial services operator in the world.
Prescott Support 3 L-100's;
- 1 ex-Royal Australian Air Force C-130A A97-212 (now N131EC)
- 1 C-130A water bomber; ex-USAF and ex-Republic of Vietnam Air Force
- AT-130 water tanker
- 2 L-100 for cargo operations
- 842 Squadron once operated C-130
- Freight division, during the 1970s
- Former operator. No longer in service. 32 C-130A's were supplied in 1972 as part of Operation Enhance Plus, forming two transport squadrons (435th and 437th) based at Tan Son Nhut Air Base .
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