I came across the following image (scan of a photograph) in an archive of photographs related to the 1962 Sino-Indian War.

enter image description here

Which particular aircraft could this be?

Update: This answer identifies it as belonging to 322d Airlift Division.

  • $\begingroup$ Please provide a source for your image $\endgroup$ – TomMcW Apr 14 '18 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ @TomMcW, it's a scan of a photograph... $\endgroup$ – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ Is the original photo clear enough to make out the badge that’s cut off to the upper left of the door $\endgroup$ – TomMcW Apr 14 '18 at 19:21
  • $\begingroup$ @TomMcW, unfortunately I don't have access to the original photographs now. I actually got the scanned images and optimised them. There was minimum cropping so most probably the full badge is unavailable... $\endgroup$ – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 19:24

enter image description here

enter image description here
(af.mil) Early three-bladed version.

It's a USAF Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Shown above is the same shiny livery with the painted prop line. The C-130 first flew on 23 August 1954.

  • $\begingroup$ Seems very close... The picture in question has a three bladed propeller. Were such propellers used? $\endgroup$ – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 18:11
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ @Kanchu - Some C-130s had 3-bladed props. Good catch. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Apr 14 '18 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm... Some search of USAF and Tibet did result in flights being undertaken in C-130: ...parachuting into Tibet out of the silver C-130s.... $\endgroup$ – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Kanchu - I tried to find info on the 014, but found nothing so far. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Apr 14 '18 at 18:19
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ The first C-130 gunships were converted from A model herks, which all came with 3-bladed props (top & bottom pictures) and small external tanks outboard of engines 1 & 4 (top picture). The B model had no external tanks, and it & subsequent (up to but not including the J) had 4-bladed props (3rd picture). After the particular A’s were converted to gunships, they got the 4-blade props as well (2nd picture). $\endgroup$ – Ralph J Apr 14 '18 at 22:17

It is indeed a C-130A. The large tail numbers indicate it's from the late 50's or early 60's. In the late 60's, the USAF went with smaller numbers forward of the passenger door. Here's a similar a/c image from C-130.net

USAF C-130A #56-0545 of the 322nd AD. [photographer unknown]

Further searching of the C-130 Aircraft Database shows the only "014" to be be s/n 55-0014. The history shows it was assigned to the 40th TAS which was part of the 322nd AD.

In 1968 it was converted to an AC-130A gunship. It is currently on display at the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB.

USAF AC-130A #55-0014, USAF photo by MSgt. Chance Babin

  • $\begingroup$ Those camels on the side of the plane... $\endgroup$ – arc_lupus Apr 15 '18 at 15:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.