Academic journal article Air Power History

New History Mystery

Academic journal article Air Power History

New History Mystery

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Test your knowledge of Airpower history by trying to answer this quarter's history quiz. Since the goal is to educate and not merely stump readers, you should find the multipart question, challenging but not impossible. Good Luck

This airlifter started as a concept in 1951 and entered the U.S. Air Force inventory in 1956. The latest version of this aircraft continues to serve not only the United States Aircraft as well as militaries around the globe. The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy also operate this airlifter. The mystery airplane is tactical airlifter with a rear ramp to load traditional palletized cargo, oversized cargo and vehicles. Over the decades, this aircraft proved to be exceptionally versatile. It has served as a gunship, a hurricane hunter, delivered supplies to the South Pole, and dropped Christmas presents in the South Pacific. In 1968, during the siege of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War, this aircraft delivered critically needed supplies using the Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES). Name this airlifter.

by Dan Simonsen

History Mystery Answer

Equipped with four turboprop engines, the Lockheed Martin C-130 "Hercules" has proven itself to be one of the world's most effective and enduring airlifters. The C-130's radar in the nose gives the aircraft its unique appearance. The original C-130A's didn't have the radar and are often referred to as "Roman nosed. …

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