# What is this USAF transport aircraft from possibly the 50-60s?

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

Which particular aircraft could this be?

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

• Please provide a source for your image – TomMcW Apr 14 '18 at 19:12
• @TomMcW, it's a scan of a photograph... – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 19:18
• Is the original photo clear enough to make out the badge that’s cut off to the upper left of the door – TomMcW Apr 14 '18 at 19:21
• @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... – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 19:24

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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.

• Seems very close... The picture in question has a three bladed propeller. Were such propellers used? – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 18:11
• @Kanchu - Some C-130s had 3-bladed props. Good catch. – ymb1 Apr 14 '18 at 18:13
• 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.... – Kanchu Apr 14 '18 at 18:17
• @Kanchu - I tried to find info on the 014, but found nothing so far. – ymb1 Apr 14 '18 at 18:19
• 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). – 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

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.

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