Military?


#1

I was outside today and I heard this loud humming noise above. I look up and I see this:

Here is a closer look:

Any ideas as to what type of aircraft it is?


#2

Possibly a C-17?

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0367477/M/

This was taken at a different angle but I could see how they might be the same plane.


#3

C-130. Notice the props. C-17 has swept wings as well.


#4

That looks like a C-130 to me. Where are you located? Notice the engines and also the body stlye too slim for a C-17. A C-17 will have a larger swept back wing with a wider base and a T tail. Way to be out and spotting though, nice photo.


#5

At first I thought it was a 747 just glancing at it but I took a few pics then edited them a bit and found that it was not a 747.


#6

airliners.net/open.file/1078694/M/

there ya go. point proven, C-130


#7

Much like taking tests, your original thought is usually the correct one, and I looked right at this aircraft and thought “C-130” instantly. The more I look at it, that nose and the shape of the wing (along w/ the humming of the props) make it a sure bet.


#8

Wonder where he was going. All I know is that he was headed East.


#9

Yeah good call, I was just ummm… testing you guys. :wink:


#10

interesting to see a C-130 contrail. Per NASA “Contrails only form at very high altitudes (usually above 8 km) where the air is extremely cold (less than -40 degrees C).”; something normally seen above FL 26, but I guess with the massive cold front it could have been below FL 20.


#11

What makes you think that the C-130 pictured wasn’t at that altitude?


#12

C-130 service ceiling is FL330.


#13

Seconded.
The service ceiling of the C130 (according to wiki) is 33,000ft.
Even piston engines make contrails. B-17 service ceiling 35,000.


#14

Do you mean FL260 (26,000 feet) and FL20 (20,000 feet)?


#15

ahem


#16

I was not questioning the picture of the C-130 with a contrail, just wondering at what FL it was at, noting -40 degrees C as the expected for a contrail. My understanding is that most training and mission flights are below FL10. I believe the MC-130E Combat Talon is configured for terrain following down to 250 feet. An exception is the WC-130, seen at
af.mil/factsheets/factsheet_ … 132&page=1
or other models at
fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/c-130.htm


#17

Well yes, it was high. Probably the high 20’s. They use the C130 for lots of different things, you don’t think they fly around at 250ft all the time!


#18

Seeing as how the C-130’s main mission is moving people, beans, bullets, and bandaids from A to B, it would only make sense that they complete that mission at a nice high fuel efficient altitude.


#19

the C130 is an intra-theater aircraft.
a interesting issue about the C-130 is Congress continues to budget for more aircraft even though the Air Force does not budget for them. see tinyurl.com/2wujyk


#20

Not anymore Dan, they’ve been using the 130 in a force projection role for the war in Iraq for quite some time.

Some of the local drivers have been telling tales of truly butt-numbing flights overseas carrying rats and ammo.

Not bad for an aircraft almost as old as we are! :wink: