How a low-cost upgrade could make hundreds of C-130s safer

Nov. 18, 2020
Its versatility explains why the C-130 has been in production longer than any other military aircraft, Loren Thompson writes for Forbes.

WASHINGTON - The C-130 Hercules is the most versatile military aircraft in history. Originally conceived as a cargo and troop transport, the airframe has been adapted for use as a gunship, an aerial refueling tanker, a maritime patrol aircraft, an airborne jammer, a reconnaissance plane and even a firefighter to battle Western wildfires, Loren Thompson writes for Forbes.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

November 18, 2020 -Since it took to the skies nearly 70 years ago, the four-engined turboprop has been a capable jack of all trades transport aircraft. The C-130 has also been used in many other missions, Thompson notes.

The C-130 often flies low-altitude missions with low visibility, Thompson argues that the turboprop should get an upgraded head-up display (HUD). The current HUD displays symbology, not actual images, requiring pilots to be trained in interpretation rather than recognition. Raytheon Technology's subsidiary Collins Aerospace makes an enhanced HUD that superimposes an image over the symbology and Thompson argues that the technology would be a wise investment for the Department of Defense.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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