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Today, in south-east Scotland, I saw a plane that looked a bit like a Hercules but had four pods on each wing. I'm pretty sure that three of them were propeller engines and the end one was something else. They all looked a similar size. Height was lowish but not very low and it did not show up on flightradar24. I could not discern colour. I didn't get much of a look as I rushed in to get binoculars and it was well past and banking to the right when I got out again.

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    $\begingroup$ It would help if you told us where you saw this, what time/date, and any other location details that you remember. The color of the aircraft may help too. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Jul 16 at 15:34
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    $\begingroup$ The only thing that really comes to mind is a Convair B-36, but those are distinctly pusher props. The aircraft itself is pretty massive compared to a C-130, though. $\endgroup$ – 0xdd Jul 16 at 15:40
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    $\begingroup$ @0xdd I don't think there's even one flying B-36 left, anyway. $\endgroup$ – Zeiss Ikon Jul 16 at 15:56
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    $\begingroup$ The question title and body ask different things. $\endgroup$ – Cpt Reynolds Jul 16 at 16:58
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    $\begingroup$ Juan, the OP has made it clear he meant six engines, not six blades per engine. You should roll back your edit, because it has changed the meaning of the question. $\endgroup$ – Zeiss Ikon Jul 16 at 17:20
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You've probably seen a tanker variant of the C-130, like this KC-130J:

Lockheed KC-130J "Hercules" Source: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone

On each wing there is an extra fuel tank and the pod containing the air-refueling hose.

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  • $\begingroup$ I probably have - years ago - probably last century, I saw something similar fly over whilst refuelling two helicopters. I am looking back through the mists of time but as far as I can recall there were two helicopters involved and one of them docked as they passed over. It was a sight worth seeing. $\endgroup$ – Grimstead Jul 17 at 16:38
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It’s most likely a C-130. There’s pictures of four-podded Herculeses online, but so far I haven’t found one with usage rights that allow posting here.

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