This collectible model represents the MC-130H Combat Talon, a special operations variant of the venerable C-130 Hercules. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/100-scale model MC-130H Hercules makes a great gift for any pilot, aviation enthusiast or history buff. The MC-130 specialized in delivering special operations troops, and includes upgraded avionics and helicopter refueling capabilities. Combat Talon development began in the 1960s, and the aircraft type saw service in Vietnam, most notable during the Son Tay raid in 1970. What the C-47 Skytrain was in the 1940s, the C-130 Hercules is the modern equivalent – a workhouse found in air forces around the world. The C-130 is not the heaviest lifter in the inventory, nor is it the fastest or highest flying. What it is, is tough, adaptable, efficient and reliable. The C-130 Hercules has been equipped with skis to land on Antarctic ice; with an array of guns and cannon as an attack aircraft; as a medevac ship; with advanced sensors as a special operations troop carrier; as an aerial tanker, and as a reliable cargo carrier able to operate of poor surfaces. The C-130 has also dropped one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs in the U.S. inventory, the 15,000-pound BLU-82 "daisy cutter." The Korean War showed the shortcomings of the existing cargo aircraft of the time – the C-47s, the C-119 Flying Boxcar, the C-46 Commando. In 1951, the Air Force issue a request for proposals for a cargo aircraft that would have a capacity for 92 passengers, 72 combat troops or 64 paratroopers, a range of 1,300 miles, the ability from short or unimproved runways, and an ability to fly with one engine shut down. Lockheed's proposal won, and the first flight of the C-130 Hercules was on Aug, 23, 1954, with service deliveries beginning in 1956. The MC-130H is 99 feet long with an wingspan of 132 feet, powered by four Allison T56-A-1
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