I took a video of this military turboprop aircraft on August 6, 2020 at 7:03 PM in Long Beach, California. Here is a screenshot of it: enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ You should invest in a telescopic lens. $\endgroup$
    – DKNguyen
    Aug 7, 2020 at 20:05

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From that really grainy, blurry picture, it looks like a C130 Hercules.

  1. bulbous fuselage
  2. Straight, ironing board-like wings
  3. High wing configuration
  4. 4 turboprop engines
  5. Huge, high empennage
  6. The rear is shaped like it could have a ramp.

If you are sure it was a turboprop, it looks like the C130 is a strong contender.

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    $\begingroup$ I agree that’s about the only thing it could be. The C-130 doesn’t have a T-tail though. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2020 at 3:26
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall - My mistake. I must have been getting it mixed up with the turbofan C17 Globmaster. $\endgroup$
    – Dean F.
    Aug 7, 2020 at 11:52
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    $\begingroup$ It looks like a C-130 tail to me. You just can’t see the vertical stabilizer from below the horizontal stabilizer. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2020 at 11:57
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeSowsun - It does look like the C130 tail. I remembered incorrectly whether the horizontal stabilizer was mounted directly on the tail or on the top of the vertical stabilizer. I spent time jumping out of both the 130 and the 17 too long ago to remember all of the details. $\endgroup$
    – Dean F.
    Aug 8, 2020 at 0:25

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