The C-130 Hercules first entered naval service in 1960 when four LC-130F's were obtained for Antarctic support missions. These ski-equipped Hercules were soon followed by 46 KC-130F models procured by the Marine Corps in 1962 for the dual role of assault transport and aerial tanker for fighter and attack aircraft. That same year the Navy obtained seven C-130F's without inflight refueling equipment to serve its transport requirements. The KC-130F made its first test flight in January 1960 as the GV-1 under the old Navy designation system. The tanker version can refuel two aircraft simultaneously from the 3,600 gallons in its cargo compartment. The fuel is routed to two detachable pylon pods located below the outer wing, containing refueling gear. The C-130F, identical to the tanker, less refueling equipment, can transport cargo or personnel and deliver its load by either the normal method or by airdrop. An integral cargo ramp/door and removable roller tracks facilitate the handling of palletized loads. In its passenger-carrying role the Hercules can accommodate 92 combat troops or 64 paratroops with equipment. For medical evacuation, 74 litters may be rigged in the cargo area.
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