This extended-range version of the C-130 can travel beyond 4,000 miles, with a ceiling of 33,000 feet and a speed of 289 mph at sea level.
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by CNET News.com | December 27, 2007, 4:00am PST | Image 15 of 19
The C-130 can deliver fuel as well as fire retardant. Here, during operations in Iraq, an --an extended-range, combat search-and-rescue variant--performs its primary mission of in-flight refueling of helicopters (in this case, HH-60G Pave Hawk). This version also transports and picks up pararescue teams. HC-130s commonly fly after dark, with no external lighting and with crew members wearing night vision goggles, to avoid detection.