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
  • 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.


Angolan Air Force
  • 6th Transport Squadron received 6 C-130K, 3 L-100-20, and 2 L-100-30 aircraft, but none are in flying condition now.


Botswana Air Force
  • Z10 Transport Squadron with 3 C-130B


Cameroon Air Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules 1989.
Cameroon Air Force
  • Transport Squadron operates 3 C-130H


Chad Air Force
  • Operates 1 C-130H and lost 1 in 2006


Egyptian Air Force


Ethiopian Air Force
  • Transport Squadron operates 4 C-130B/E and 2 L-100-30


Gabon Air Force
  • Heavy Transport Squadron operates 1 C-130H


Libyan Air Force
  • 16 C-130H ordered, with only 8 delivered and the remaining aircraft embargoed in 1971.[1]
Free Libyan Air Force


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


Niger Air Force


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.[3]

South Africa[edit]

A South African Air Force C-130 in 2011
South African Air Force

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.


Sudanese Air Force
  • Transport Squadron operates 1 C-130H; initially part of order of 6 C-130H from US in 1978-1979


Tunisian Air Force
  • 2 C-130B/H and 2 C-130J,[4] with 2 additional surplus C-130H to be received from the United States.[5]



Afghan Air Force
  • Operated 4 C-130H's [6]


  • captured an unknown number of Afghan Air Force C-130H's


Bangladesh Air Force
  • 4 C-130B[7] and 3 C-130J[8] 2 more C-130J aircraft pending delivery.[9]
    • 101 Squadron Special Flying Unit [10]

Taiwan (Republic of China)[edit]

Republic of China Air Force
  • 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


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.[11] 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[12] taking the total to 12. The IAF has 12 C-130s in service since 2017.[13]


TNI-AU – 23 C-130B/H, 1 KC-130B, and 5 C-130J on order as of December 2021[14]
  • 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
  • 28 C-130E/H in service as of December 2021.[15]


Iraqi Air Force
  • 23rd Squadron – 3 former USAF C-130Es received in 2005, and 6 new-build C-130J-30s ordered in 2009, delivered in 2012 and 2013.[16]


Israeli C-130 Hercules
Israeli Air Force


Japan Air Self-Defense Force

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.[17][18] This provides the JASDF with the ability to refuel the UH-60J search and rescue helicopters of its Air Rescue Wing.

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

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.[19] 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.[20] The six C-130Rs were supplied from 2014 to 2016.[21]


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)

North Yemen[edit]

Yemen Arab Republic Air Force
  • 2 C-130H bought in 1979 with Saudi financing, and operated by the 115th Transport Squadron based at Daylami AB.[22] Both aircraft were inherited by the Yemeni Air Force after the unification.


Royal Air Force of Oman C-130H
Royal Air Force of Oman
  • 16 Sqn based at Seeb (3 C-130H / 1 C-130J / 1 C-130J-30)


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 - 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.[23] 2 refurbished C-130H were purchased in 2019 and are awaiting delivery while the acquisition of 5 C-130J was recently approved and is awaiting funding.[24]


Qatar Emiri Air Force
  • Transport Squadron received four C-130Js on order for delivery from 2011[25]
A RSAF C-130

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
  • Operates 1 VC-130H flying hospital[26]


Republic of Singapore Air Force


Republic of Korea Air Force
  • Introduced into service in January 1988.[citation needed]
  • Operates 12 C-130H and 4 C-130J as of December 2021.[29]

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
  • Operates 8: C-130H-30/L-100 under Transport Wing and C-130H under Central Air Command


Yemen Air Force
  • The 1st Squadron of the 2nd Aviation Brigade operated 2 C-130H as of 2013-2014. Only one was operational, with the other in a state of disrepair.[30]



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


Royal Danish Air Force


Armée de l'Air Lockheed C-130H-30 at Paris Le Bourget IAP in August 2012.
French Air and Space Force


German Air Force
  • the German Air Force will operate 3 C-130J-30 and 3 KC-130J by 2022


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)


The Italian Air Force operated 14 Lockheed C-130H Hercules from 1972 until 2001[33] Currently 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).[34] In 2021 Poland ordered a batch of 5 surplus USAF C-130H under Excess Defense Articles program with deliveries expected until 2024.[35]


Portuguese Air Force


Romanian Air Force


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 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.[37]


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.[38]

United Kingdom[edit]

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

North America[edit]


Canadian Armed Forces Air Command/Royal Canadian Air Force


Honduras Air Force
  • 5 ex-USAF C-130A assigned to Transport Squadron - 1 converted to C-130D with status of 2 unknown and 3 C-130A stored


Mexican Air Force

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.[39]


Chilean Air Force
  • Grupo de Aviación N°10 (4xKC-130R, 2x C-130H, 1x C-130B)[40]


Colombian Air Force


Ecuadorian Air Force
  • 11 Transport Wing (Ala de transporte 11) - Latacunga Air Base
    • 1111 Transport Squadron "Hercules" (Esc. de transporte 1111 "Hercules") - operating C-130B/H


Peruvian Air Force
  • operates 3 L-100s as of December 2021.[41]


Uruguayan C-130B Hercules
Uruguayan Air Force


Venezuelan Air Force
  • Operates 3 C-130H as of December 2021.[43]



Royal Australian Air Force
Country Fire Authority
  • Fire Bomber

New Zealand[edit]

Royal New Zealand Air Force

Civilian operators[edit]


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


Air Contractors
  • One aircraft operated (L-100) – leased from Safair

South Africa[edit]

  • Operates 3 L100-30


Zimex Aviation

United States[edit]

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

United States[edit]

International Air Response
  • 5 Lockheed C-130A Hercules for specialized aerial operations; largest civilian specialized aerial services operator in the world.
Prescott Support

3 L-100's;

Chery Aviation
  • 1 ex-Royal Australian Air Force C-130A A97-212 (now N131EC)
Neptune Aviation Services
  • AT-130 water tanker

Former users[edit]


Belgian Air Component


Pacific Western Airlines
  • 2 L-100 for cargo operations
First Air


Peruvian Air Force
  • 842 Squadron once operated C-130


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

United States[edit]

Delta Air Lines
  • Freight division, during the 1970s

South Vietnam[edit]

Republic of Vietnam Air Force

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