Four "stretched" versions of the Hercules, the Lockheed L-100-20, have been ordered by the Philippines.?
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Background: Four "stretched" versions of the Hercules, the Lockheed L-100-20, have been ordered by the Philippines. They will be used to move bulky cargo including construction equipment to country areas now being developed and for weather research, typhoon reconnaissance and, if needed, to deliver relief supplies to disaster areas. Last year an R.A.F. Hercules flew 90 tons of emergency supplies from Manila to an isolated areas of the Philippines struck by a typhoon.
The L-100-20 aircraft is 106 ft. long - 100 ins. longer than the basic C-130 used by the R.A.F. and many other air forces - and has as cargo capacity of 5,307 cubic feet, 807 cubic feet more than the basic aircraft. Lockheed has built 45 different versions of the ever-new aircraft since the first one flew in 1954. It is in service or on order by 29 nations. Recent European deliveries were to Belgium and Italy.