Imprint: Pen and Sword Aviation
320 Pages, 6.7 x 9.6 in, 200 black and white images
- October 2022
- In Stock
- October 2017
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
This rugged and easily maintained aircraft entered service in 1956 with the USAF Tactical Air Command. Ten years later the 'Charlie 130' was providing essential logistical support in Vietnam. This period in South-East Asia was the Hercules' finest hour. Paradrops, airlift and evacuation operations were completed around the clock, often at low level, usually under fire and nearly always in bad weather.
A generation later this 'Mr Dependable' was serving with equal distinction in the Gulf War in the role of airlifter, radio-countermeasures and 'psy-ops' platform, gunship and, once again, 'block-buster bomber'. The 'Herky Bird' or 'Fat Albert', as the C-130 is fondly known, has proved a key component in humanitarian relief operations ever since, in all parts of the world.
The incredible success story of the C-130 is far from over. Here Martin W. Bowman tells the full story of this remarkable aircraft at first-hand.
"This is a good reference book. It provides an excellent overview of the C–130 development, design configurations, and operational use in diverse environments." ~The Journal of the Air Force Historical Foundation
"Highly recommended." ~AMPS Indianapolis
“British aviation historian Martin Bowman has produced an engaging retrospective on the long-lived and ubiquitous C-130 Hercules tactical airlifter… Sweeping in its scope, this book is an invaluable reference on one of history’s most significant transports.” ~Aviation History
"What impresses most is the wide range of missions flown by the C-130." ~History of War
"...a comprehensive and detailed history..." ~Midwest Book Review