Most people, if they know what a C-130 is, simply look and see a C-130 in the air. Others see an annoying military plane that buzzes treetops and looks like a bumblebee lumbering through the sky. Did you know that Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has its own variety called MC-130? The Combat Shadows and Talon IIs of AFSOC pave the way for special operations around the world.



The C-130 Hercules is the absolute workhorse of the U.S. Air Force. The basic C-130, released into the wild in 1956, has been improved on and modified extensively throughout the years. The C-130J Super Hercules has hit the mainstream and is now parked on nearly every active C-130 ramp in the Air Force. The venerable Hercules is owned and operated by the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Navy, and the Air National Guard. It fills roles unique to each organization.