- Feb 13, 2010
- World traveler
Yes, the RCAF used to fly some of the oldest C-130s but along the way they up-dated or replaced wing boxes, belly skins, etc. plus all the removeable components (engines, radios, flaps, landing gear, etc.) were over-hauled multiple times.I thought it was funny, the C-130 on floats. C-130's are called by some the glass wing airplane due to the numerous spar patches, the suitability for seaplane use is dubious.
C-130's primary advantage is the cargo ramp under the tail. That ramp was pioneered by Fairchild of Canada's Husky bush/float plane immediately after World War 2. The hatch under the aft fuselage was big enough to launch a freight canoe!And since someone brought it up…and yes, it should read “seaplane” or “floatplane” not “flying boat”.
Aircraft that can operate on land and sea create "even more complex dilemmas" for rivals, a US Air Force Special Operations Command official said.www.businessinsider.com