The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin in the fifties. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. Various versions were developed, like a Vietnam gunship (AC-130), Arctic rescue, transport and Coast Guard version. Over 40 variants of the Hercules serve with more than 60 nations. It is a very dependable work horse. It will remain in service for many years to come.


C-130H KLu (Royal Netherlands Air Force / Koninklijke Luchtmacht) rozet

This aircraft of the Dutch Air Force, code G-988, serialno.162313, is a second hand aircraft and ex US Navy EC-130Q bought 2006. It has been extensively refurbished at Marshalls Cambridge UK and was delivered May 2010 to the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Photographed, June 2010 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright!

C-130H-30 KLu

This C-130H-30 of the KLU with code G-273 has a special tail band as the KLu existed 100 years in 2013. It is the longer version of the H. The aircraft was photographed at Volkel AFB, The Netherlands

Photographed June 2013 by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

AC-130A Gunship USAF

This AC-130A aircraft was deployed to Vietnam and  named First Lady in November 1970. USAF Serial No. 53-3129. In addition to being the first AC-130, this aircraft was a conversion of the first production C-130.  In 1975, after Vietnam, it was transferred to the Air Force Reserve, where it served with the 711th Special Operations Squadron of the 919th Special Operations Wing. In 1980 the aircraft was upgraded from the original three-bladed propellers to the quieter four-bladed propellers and was eventually retired in late 1995. Now on display in the final Air Force Reserve Command configuration with grey paint, black markings and four-bladed Hamilton Sunstrand 54H60-91 props at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida USA.

Photographed November 2013 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

Photographed January 2015 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland



This operational USAF AC-130H gunship with no. 90-1058 has several protection systems and ECM bulges and fairings. It was seen during an Open Day at Nellis AFB, Nevada, USA.

Photographed November 2017 by Cees Hendriks, (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland


from USAF handbook Technical order TO 1-1-4. Collection M. de Vreeze (used with permission)
Standard System colour numbers refer to the Federal Standard system with 5 digit numbered colours. Deviations on real aircraft may occur.

Numerous scale models exist of the C-130 Hercules. Very old Revell kits at odd scale were issued in the sixties. Airfix had a 1/72 kit, but now much better kits are from Italeri and AMT-ERTL and ESCI although not one kit is without its faults. In 2020 an excellent 1/72 Zvezda C-130H kit was released.

In 1/48 also an Italeri/ TESTORS kit was issued. Some models of the AC-130 gunship were also available e.g Airfix and Italeri. In 1/144 kit were released by Minicraft, Amodel and a very old 1/140 Revell kit. Hasegawa released 1/200 kits


The Netherlands Air Force uses the C-130. Enthusiasts, modellers and historians can see info at our IPMS NedMil C-130 pages....



This webpage was first created February 2012 bij M. de Vreeze