A New Hercules to the Rescue

Preparations for the IAF’s new cargo aircraft, the Samson, have already begun. A look at Samson’s hero of a predecessor, the Hercules

Date: 27/01/2011, 11:09 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The IAF has been thinking for six months about an appropriate name for its new cargo aircraft, the C-130J Super Hercules set to arrive in Israel in 2013. Finally, the IAF decided on the biblical Samson.

Before we celebrate Samson’s arrival, a few facts about its older brother, the C-130 Hercules.

1. The Hercules is a large cargo aircraft (for freight transport) made in the US made by the Lockheed Martin company.

2. Hercules began to be developed during the Korean War, when the US Air Force needed an advanced cargo aircraft, one that could transport a large number of soldiers and small vehicles onto the battlefield.

3. In 1971 the first two Hercules aircrafts arrived in Israel and were integrated into the Stratocruiser squadron, their name immediately changed to “Karnaf” (Hebrew for Rhinoceros).

4. This aircraft was used, among others, during Operation Entebbe to rescue Israeli hostages and during Operation Salomon to bring Jews of Ethiopia to Israel.

5. In 1992, Lockheed Martin sold its 2,500th aircraft of the model making Hercules the best selling cargo aircraft in history other than the Dakota (of the Douglas Aircraft Company).