Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PHOTOS: IAF Super Herc Begins Engine Runs, First Flight Next Month

The first C-130J for India ran engines for the first time yesterday, with its maiden flight scheduled for early next month. That's the aircraft's distinctive air-to-air refueling probe over the left side of the cockpit.

Photos Courtesy Lockheed-Martin


Anonymous said...

Cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!

keshto said...

Shiv yr language was not up to the mark when u said on the left side of the cockpit, because viewers are looking at right side.

You would have been better off using a nautical language.

Saying port side or star are smarter guy baba...

achu909 said...

what are the underwing pods for?? fuel??? recce??

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with his language. It's clearly stated LEFT of the 'cockpit'.

Ram said...

It would be good to see them in IAF. Any version for Special Ops being acquired??

Anonymous said...

^^^keshto is a nit picking id**t

MPatel said...

Love to see american hardware. It is amazing to see this beast looking so beautiful. We just need to find some good looking pilots now.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:49

Would have been appropriate n adequate from a defense journalist to use technical language when he writes such columns. In this case, adequate nautical terms were missing.

Boeing n Airbus never use the term left or right - its always port or starboard.

However I did not blame him for that. I marely expressed my POV saying he would have been in a better position to use technical terms as he is a defense journo.

For a defense journo to denote the aircraft´s wing by saying right wing is rediculous n ambigous - simply say starboard wing, which has no other meaning.

Do you need more knowledge punishment? ;)

Anonymous said...

@ 12:58

What if American hardware is bugged and every mission info lands at the CIA desk officer?

ABHISHEK said...


Mathi Man said...

Compared to all the hype and hoopla and the amount of money spent this plane is not as big I thought it will be . Disappointed by the size of it when I scompared to the photographer next to it.

" my posts never make it to your blog for some unknown reason" guy

Heberian said...

Anonymous @ 3:56

Good lord, you are a "mastah killa ninja" dude! So lucky we are to learn from the fount of your deep knowledge about aviation (terminology).

While you are dishing out advice on the appropriateness of "technical terms", use spell may help your cause a bit more by making it look less amusing.

Knowledge punishment? Wow !?! What be that o master? Is it what you so ably demonstrated, or is something more potent held in reserve where all that advice spouted from?

Ram said...

C-130J cannot be compared with An 32. Each have their own advantages. In fact more An-32 have been sold across the world than the c-130 in its various variants. Russian Hardware take lot of strain and work perfectly in toughest of the climate.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Heberian. 3:56 asked for it.

Ram: Fully agree with you. They are in two different class and both have their own very respectable service record. But sometimes our perception is influenced by the look.

If we take the three components of an aircraft: the airframe, engine and avionics, Russia is, still today, ahead of US and other Western countries in airframe. West tops avionics and engine (although in recent days, Russia made considerable progress in civilian engines).

Russia's strength in airframe comes from the lead in two vital areas:
1) Titanium, and
2) fluid dynamics.

As of this day any western country would be proud if they are able to field such craft as AN-124 Ruslan or AN-225 Mriya.

beauty or a beast? enjoy:

- nanovacuum (US)

Gautam said...

I can't seem to understand the logic behind the C-130 purchase. The reason stated was that the Il-76 and An-32 fleets didn't have the avionics and mission suites suitable for Para Special Forces operations, but aren't both of these set to be replaced in a few years by more modern planes?

Don't get me wrong, the C-130 is a very capable plane, but this just seems an unnecessary acquisition, especially considering the prices quoted.