IAF's C-130J Hercules sets new world record for longest non-stop flight

A gruelling 13-and-a-half hour flight!

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In a significant feat, the Indian Air Force's C-130J plane has set a record of being the longest flight onboard. On Twitter, IAF said on Saturday that it had carried out a 13 hours 31 minute non-stop flight by C130J crew which isn't just an IAF record, but a world record by C130s. It was a gruelling 13-hour-31-minute non-stop flight, which IAF hailed as a show of 'great courage, skill and strength'. 

The Lockheed Martin C-130J "Super" Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft. The C-130J is a comprehensive update of the venerable Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and other systems. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. India have inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought from the US at the cost of around Rs.6000 crore in 2010. 

The C-130 J can be used for unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, alongside duties such as gunship for aerial assaults, search and rescue mission, maritime patrolling. 




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