C-130/L100 Hercules
Date Updated: Monday September 04, 2006


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Technical Details

The PAF has four models of the C-130 in it’s books – three military models (A, B and H) and one civilian model, the L.100-20 which is basically the "H" model C-130 (with little or no military equipment) but with a 20 foot fuselage extension. 

The "A" model differs from the later models primarily in having less powerful engines (Allison T-56A-9 or T56A-11 with 3,0750 eshp).  "B" models had the more powerful T-56A-7 with 4,050 eshp that was mounted slightly more forward of the wing compared to the C-130A.  It also had a higher gross weight compared to the earlier model as well as could carry more fuel.  The H model had even more powerful engines – T56A-15 with 4,508 eshp.  It also has a different braking system as well as a redesigned and strengthened center wing section.  It also carries a different radar from the first two models.  The L.100-20 has the same engines as the "H" model.  One visual difference between the "H" model and the "B" models of the Hercules is the wing tanks – "B" models were the last type not fitted with wing tanks.  Every model after the "B" had them fitted as standard.

Service History

The PAF has operated C-130s since 1973 with the delivery of the first L.100-20s.  The type was assigned to the 220th Heavy Airlift Wing of the PAF and was based out of Mactan Benito Ebuen Air Base.  The three H models came in 1976 and were delivered new from the factory.  With the lack of funds to pay for newer models or more H models, the PAF has had to rely on acquiring B model Hercules from US stocks at AMARC.  It is interesting to note that the very first L.100-20 produced by Lockheed as a company demonstrator ended up with the PAF.

The PAF used to maintain a regular shuttle service between three major airbases in the Philippines – Villamor, Mactan and Zamboanga.  Troops, supplies and equipment (including armored vehicles and howitzers) were regular passengers.  These days, with the decline in flyable aircraft, those flyable C-130s are largely held in reserve and are used to ferry troops and supplies to the latest hotspots only when required and only during emergencies.  The day-to-day shuttle is no longer maintained or flown by C-130s.  The day-to-day transport needs of the AFP are now met by scheduled airlines, through leases or by the Navy, though the Navy has its own set of problems.

There had been news reports of the PAF acquiring four ex-RAF C-130Ks but nothing has come out of this with the aircraft eventually being acquired by Poland, Romania and Sri Lanka. These were to have been sold with two sets of roll-on/roll-off reconnaissance/sensor pallets containing a maritime surveillance radar package from Lockheed Martin as well as a maintenance package covering the whole of the PAF C-130 fleet.  Negotiations had reached a pretty advanced stage with space at Clark being set aside by the PAF for Lockheed Martins overhaul facility.  The deal was later cancelled by the Philippine congress on allegations that the deal was overpriced.  Salvation however came in the form of a company called Asian Aerospace. 

Current Status

Like much of the PAF, C-130 availability declined steadily since 1993.  The slide however has been reversed thanks to increased funding from the US with operational numbers up from a low of 1 operational unit to about five on any given day.  As of July 2006, two B models, one H model and two L100-20 stretched models are operational.  Despite the commonalities it still must present a minor logistical nightmare since the fleet now represents three different subtypes.

In the past, PAF C130s were initially being sent to Airod of Malaysia in the late early 21st century for overhaul as funding became available.  Since June 2004, overhauls have been done at Clark with Asian Aerospace and the assistance of Lockheed Martin.  The latest aircraft to benefit from this is PAF4593, a Lockheed L100-20 (stretch).  Another C130 is about to begin the overhaul process with a further two in line pending funding.  In the meantime, non-flyable aircraft sit in Mactan Air Base in storage..  The eventual goal is to have at least 6, maybe 7, fully operational aircraft by the end of 2007 subject to funding.   

 

Inventory

Supportable

Operationally ready

1991 (CY-91)

10

8

5

1992 (CY-92)

11

8

6

1993 (CY-93)

11

8

4

1994 (1st semester CY-94)

11

5

3

2002 (Speculative) 13 ?? 1-3
2005 (Speculative) 13 ?? 2
2006 13 6 5 (two L100-20, two C130Bs and one H model are in service)

Editorial:  Some good news for a change.  Operational numbers are going up but there is a cloud in the silver lining.  Funding is hugely dependent on the good graces of the US.  9/11 has thrown the PAF a lifeline. 

Photos

Fleet Information

PAF s/n

c/n

type

ex USAF

d/d

fate, last ntd

remarks

5 x L.100-20 (stretched C-130) acquired 1973-75

3946

3946

L.382-176

 

 

 

L.382E-44K-20

 

(1973)

08.96 Mactan   AB (good  condition)

04.64 f/f as N1130E company  demonstrator;
03.65 lsd as N50FW to ASA;
 04.68 f/f as N50FW mod.  
L.382E-44K-20;
10.68 lsd as N50FW to Delta  „304“;
03.69 r/d as N50FW to PSL Lease Corp. (op. by Flying W  Airlines);
04.73 r/d as PI-97, later RP-97  to Phil. government;
10.78 r/d as RP-C97 to PADC,  later s/d 3946;
(03.81 stored MNL);
??.84 c/d as RP-C97;
3946 with PAF
Noted operational in Mactan in July 2006.  Photos available.

4302

4302

L.382E-15C

 

(1973)

not current

04.69 f/f as N7952S;
04.69 r/d as N7952S to Girard Trust;
04.69 lsd as N7952S to Flying W Airlines;
12.69 r/d as N30FW to subsidiary RDA;
02.73 r/d as N30FW to SAT;
08.73 r/d as PI-99 to Phil. government; ??.?? lsd as PI-99 to PAF;
10.78 r/d as RP-C99 to PADC, later s/d 4302;
c. 80 sold and r/d as 5A-DJR to United Arab Airlines of Libya (noted 82, 90)
(in spite of US embargo!)

4303

4303

L.382E-15C

 

(1973)

not current

f/f 11.68 as N9237R; r/d 11.68 as N9237R to Girard Trust;
lsd 04.69 as N9237R to Flying W Airways;
r/d 10.69 as N40FW to RDA; 
r/d 04.73 as PI-98 to Phil. government;
lsd 07.73 as RP-C98 to Phil. Aero Transport;
r/d 09.73 as CF-DSX to James Bay Energy Corp.;
lsd 09.73 as CF-DSX to  Quebecair;
r/d 07.80 as CF-DSX to Echo Bay Mines;
r/d 82/83 as CF-DSX to Worldways Canada;
r/d 12.84 as N39ST to Trans america; (07.86 stored Frankfurt);
(01.88 stored Oakland);
02.88 for sale;
r/d 07.88 as N39ST to American  Aircraft Corp., Hialeah, FL;
r/d 11.88 as S9-NAI to IAS / Transafrik; w/o 09.04.89 in crash-landing at Luena, Angola, after fire in both  engines, probably due to small arms fire.

4512

4512

L.382E-29C

 

(1973)

08.96 Mactan AB (inactive, bad con dition),
02.97 (active)

f/f 10.73 as N7967S;
r/d 10.73 as RP-C100 to Phil. government;
lsd 10.73 as RP-C100 to Phil. Aero Transport;
sold ??.?? as RP-C100 to PADC;
??.84 c/d as RP-C100 and s/d  4512 with PAF

4593

4593

L.382E-33C

 

(1975)

08.96 Mactan  AB (bad condition)
reported to have left Mactan c. 24.08.96
Active 02.06

f/f 05.75 as RP-C101;
r/d 05.75 as RP-C101 to Phil.  government;
lsd 05.75 as RP-C101 to Phil. Aero Transport;
(03.83 stored MNL);
c/d ??.84 as RP-C101 and s/d  4593 with PAF.
A „4595“ was noted 02.02.  Really 4593?
Refurbished by Asian Aerospace in Clark starting in 02.04 and delivered to the PAF in 02.06.  See photos page

3 x C-130H delivered 1976-77

4704

4704

L.382C-63D

 

11.76

03.97. Operational 02.06

d/d 11.76 to PAF;
13.05.-21.06.94 used for rescue flights to Yemen and painted in desert color scheme.  Noted operating between Tacloban, Leyte Province 02.06

4726

4726

L.382C-63D

 

08.77

03.02 (not  operational)

d/d 08.77 to PAF

4761

4761

L.382C-77D

 

11.77

w/o 15.12.93

d/d 11.77 to PAF;
w/o 15.12.93 in crash into slope  of Mt. Bernase in the Mt. Isarog  area („at Hill No. 756, Mt.  Bernacoi, Tinurilan“), Sitio Tinorilan in Brgy. Tanag, Libmanan, Camarines Sur, while en route Villamor to Naga City,  killing all 16 on board.  

1 x C-130A thought to have been transferred (leased?) temporarily from Aboitiz in 1991

3213

3213

L.182-1A

57-0507

(1991)

not current

12.58 d/d as A97-213 to 36 Sqn,   RAAF; 
05.78 r/d as N2268G (not used);
??.78 stored at Laverton (last  noted 06.88);
05.88 r/d as RP-R3213 to Aboitiz, Manila; 
03.91 re-r/d RP-C3213;
c. 91 s/d 3213 with PAF (needs more confirmation);
04.91, 05.93 stored MNL;
11.93 for sale;
lsd to Micronesian Aviation Corp.;
01.94 as RP-C3213 „Equator  Traders“, „Micronesia Air Services“;
10.94, 01.95 not in service?

5 x C-130B ex-USAF 1991-92 (last aircraft arrived 13.01.92)

0294

3593

L.282-1B

60-0294

10.91

03.02 (not  operational)

ex 731 TAS

0725

3520

L.282-1B

58-0725

post-08.91

01.99 (not  operational)

ex 165 TAS

0738

3535

L.282-1B

58-0738

05.91

08.96

ex 731 TAS

0749

3547

L.282-1B

58-0749

(04.91)

03.02 (not  operational)

ex 164 TAS.  Noted stored at Mactan.  See Photos page.

0961

3646

L.282-1B

61-0961

??.91

08.96 (wfu, black anti-corrosion paint)

ex 164 TAS

3 x C-130B ex USAF in 1998

0597

 

 

 

 

01.99

Nothing known. C/n 3597 went   to Greece AF 08.92.

3545

3545

L.282-1B

58-0747

(04.98)

01.99

AMARC CF107 since 04.92 (l/n   12.96);
25.04.98 reported as „6683“   (call-sign?) at Yokota AB on delivery to PAF.

3552

3552

L.282-1B

58-0753

(04.98)

01.99

AMARC CF112 since 08.92 (l/n   12.96);
25.04.98 reported as „7836“  (call-sign?) at Yokota AB on delivery to PAF. Noted at Mactan in 08.06

2 x C-130B ex USAF c. 2001

0954

3633

L.282-1B

61-0954

 

12.01. Operational 02.06

AMARC CF137 since 10.93 (l/n   12.96). Noted 02.06 delivering supplies to Southern Philippines.    See photos page

2638

3674

L.282-1B

61-2638

 

01.02

AMARC CF170 since 12.94 (l/n   12.96).

Note: Some of the latest deliveries have been seen only once. Aircraft 0597 needs confirmation as does 3553. 3552 has been noted in good condition in Mactan in July 2006 and is apparently due for overhaul with Asian Aerospace as funding is approved.