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

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Which particular aircraft could this be?

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

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  • $\begingroup$ Please provide a source for your image $\endgroup$
    – TomMcW
    Apr 14, 2018 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ @TomMcW, it's a scan of a photograph... $\endgroup$
    – Kanchu
    Apr 14, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 at 19:24

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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

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    $\begingroup$ Those camels on the side of the plane... $\endgroup$
    – arc_lupus
    Apr 15, 2018 at 15:10
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(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.

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  • $\begingroup$ Seems very close... The picture in question has a three bladed propeller. Were such propellers used? $\endgroup$
    – Kanchu
    Apr 14, 2018 at 18:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Kanchu - Some C-130s had 3-bladed props. Good catch. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Apr 14, 2018 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, 2018 at 18:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Kanchu - I tried to find info on the 014, but found nothing so far. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Apr 14, 2018 at 18:19
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    $\begingroup$ 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, 2018 at 22:17

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