Canada’s Workhorse

    “The Hercules Transport Aircraft is the essential workhorse of the Canadian Forces”     — Minister of National Defence, October 2003

“The Hercules Transport Aircraft is the essential workhorse of the Canadian Forces”
— Minister of National Defence, October 2003

The C-130 Hercules has been indispensable to Canada since the first aircraft went into operation in the 1960s. Because of the aircraft’s ability to go almost anywhere and do almost anything, the fleet has been a major contributor to the public support, visibility and effectiveness of the Canadian Forces domestically and around the world.

Over the last four decades, Canada has counted on its CC-130s (as designated by the Canadian Forces) to get the job done. Whether it’s a Search and Rescue mission, bringing assistance and supplies to Canadian communities in distress, delivering humanitarian aid overseas, or supporting military operations, there is no aircraft that has had more diverse or continuous missions demanded of it than the CC-130 Hercules — the fleet has been absolutely fundamental to Canadian Forces’ operations.

Only the totally new C-130J Super Hercules — the 21st century version of one of the most successful military aircraft ever built — provides the versatility, ruggedness and multi-role capabilities that the Canadian Forces need for operations at home and abroad – anywhere, anytime.