he Royal Air Force Museum Cosford today took delivery of it
s latest acquisition, an
Hercules C130K Mk.3
. The aircraft made its final flight into RAF Cosford
this morning after a farewell flypast over the Museum
Hercules C130K Mk. 3 was
an American aircraft
built by Lockheed in Marietta, Georgia
and was used by
the United States Air Force. It w
acquired by the RAF in 1966 and
used mainly on
ger routes and for paratrooping.
This particular aircraft
was one of 30 Hercules modified during the early 1980’s, with the fuselage
being lengthened by 15ft. Work was carried out by Marshall of Cambridge (Engineering)
t of and behind
of the wing.
RAF Museum Curator, Al McLean says:
“We are very pleased to be given a Hercules. For more than forty years it has been the corner stone
of the RAF’s tactical transport fleet and has operated all over the world.
remain at RAF Cosford for the next 3-
4 weeks and will undergo
a short period of
on the airfield.
After work has been completed, the aircraft will be moved
onto the RAF Museum site and will go on permanent
display as part of t
he Museum’s extensive
The aircraft was flown into
based at RAF Brize Norton.
This is the
second new aircraft to arrive at the Museum this year, following the Dominie’s arrival in February.
More aircraft are exp
ected to arrive later this year, including a Nimrod