Corgi Aviation Archive AA31310: Lockheed C-130 Hercules in the attractive livery of Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, GA, 1966. This is a legends series model with fixed lowered undercarriage in a plastic blister box with display stand. Unusually for a legends model this is also a limited edition of only 1,300 pieces, complete with uniquely numbered certificate.Please note: the plastic blister is not perfect with a light crease, but the model is in good order.
A handful of civilian versions of the famous military Lockheed C-130 Hercules was delivered in the mid-1960s, designated L-100, including N9259R (c/n 4176) which was delivered in October 1966. In December 1968, it was “stretched” to L-100-20 configuration with a longer fuselage and continued in service with Delta until being sold in September 1973.
Designed to function as a troop, medical evacuation and cargo transport aircraft, the C-130 Hercules was first flown on August 23rd, 1954. Built by Lockheed and capable of over 40,000 lbs of payload, this four-engine turboprop aircraft is quite possibly the most versatile tactical transport in existence. Its modern roles include airlift and airdrop, electronic surveillance, search and rescue, space-capsule recovery, helicopter refueling and aerial attack. Capable of takeoffs and landings from unprepared runways, the C-130 has even landed and taken off from a carrier deck without benefit of arresting gear or catapults.