C-130J World Records

The C-130J holds 54 World Records. All in production-standard, unmodified aircraft.

These flights demonstrate that the C-130J can:

  • Carry a useful payload quickly over typical mission distance.
  • Get in and out of short fields quickly and carry useful payload.
  • Quickly climb to altitude with a significant payload.
  • Be flown a strategic distance quickly without external tanks or stopping to refuel.
  • Closed Circuit (Speed and Distance)
  • Altitude

U.S. National Records

  • Closed Circuit
  • Time-to-Climb
  • Speed Over a Recognized Course

World Records

The following records have been certified as world records:

Class C-1.N Turboprop, Group II, Heavy
Airplanes (132,276 to 176,368 Ibs)
Records broken 15
Records set 6
Total 21

Closed Circuit (Speed and Distance)

NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Speed  396.17 mph
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  4/20/99
Details  Breaks old record by 8 percent while carrying twice the payloadBREAKS these  existing records:
1,000 km speed with following payloads: 0 kg; 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg ESTABLISHES these records:
1,000 km speed with 15,000 and 20,000 kg payloads
NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Speed  394.87 mph
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  4/20/99
Details  Breaks old record by 16 percent while carrying twice the payloadBREAKS these existing records:
2,000 km speed with following payloads: 0 kg; 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg ESTABLISHES these records:
2,000 km speed with 15,000 and 20,000 kg payloads

Altitude

NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Altitude  36,560 feet
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  4/20/99
Details  Breaks old record by 18 percent while carrying twice the payloadBREAKS these existing records:
Altitude with following payloads: 0 kg; 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg ESTABLISHES these records:
Altitude with 15,000 and 10,000 kg payloads

 

U.S. National Records

The following short takeoff and landing (STOL) records have been certified as U.S. national records.

STOL Aircraft, Class N, Group II, Turboprop
Records broken 1
Records set 28
Total 29

Closed Circuit

NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Speed  371.6 mph
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  5/14/99
Details  ESTABLISHES these records:
1,000 km speed with following payloads: 0 kg; 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg
NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Speed  371.96 mph
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  5/14/99
Details  Arlen Rens (pilot), Lyle Schaefer (co-pilot)ESTABLISHES these records:
2,000 km speed with following payloads: 0 kg; 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg
NEW RECORD
Country USA
Weight 22,300 lbs
Aircraft Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date 5/14/99
Details BREAKS this existing record:
Greatest load to 2,000 meters
NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Altitude  40,386 feet
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  5/14/99
Details  ESTABLISHES these records:
Absolute altitude with following payloads: 0 kg; 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg
NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Altitude  39,052 feet
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  5/14/99
Details  ESTABLISHES this record:
Greatest altitude in horizontal flight (Note: Must hold this altitude for a minimum of 90 seconds)

Time-to-Climb

NEW RECORD
Country USA
Time 3 min 49 sec
Aircraft Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date 5/14/99
Details ESTABLISHES these records:
To 3,000 meters with following payloads: 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg
NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Time  8 min 0 sec
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  5/14/99
Details  ESTABLISHES these records:
Time-to-climb to 6,000 meters with following payloads: 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg
NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Time 15 min 12 sec
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  5/14/99
Details  ESTABLISHES these records:
Time-to-climb to 9,000 meters with following payloads: 1,000 kg; 2,000 kg; 5,000 kg; 10,000 kg

 

Speed Over a Recognized Course

NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Speed  413.99 mph
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  12/7-8/99
Details  ESTABLISHES these records:
Speed over a recognized course, unlimited class; speed over a recognized course, class C-1.Duration: 10 hours, 58 minutes, 14 seconds
NEW RECORD
Country  USA
Speed  417 mph
Aircraft  Lockheed Martin C-130J
Date  2/12-13/00
Details  ESTABLISHES these records:
Speed over a recognized course with 34,000 pounds of payload, unlimited class;
Speed over a recognized course with 34,000 pounds of payload, class C-1.Duration: 9 hours, 31 minutes