19th Airlift Wing receives final C-130J Super Hercules

The 19th Airlift Wing (Air Mobility Command) has received the final C-130J Super Hercules turboprop military transport aircraft. The 19th Airlift Wing is the host wing and provides the Department of Defense mission ready Airmen and supports the largest C-130 fleet in the world. As part of AMC’s Global Reach capability, the wing’s responsibilities range […]

19th Airlift Wing receives final C-130J Super Hercules

The 19th Airlift Wing (Air Mobility Command) has received the final C-130J Super Hercules turboprop military transport aircraft.

The 19th Airlift Wing is the host wing and provides the Department of Defense mission ready Airmen and supports the largest C-130 fleet in the world. As part of AMC’s Global Reach capability, the wing’s responsibilities range from supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters, to airdropping supplies and troops into the heart of contingency operations in hostile areas as well as supporting base partners as the host unit.

A brand new C-130J Super Hercules was delivered to Little Rock Air Force Base May 27, marking the last C-130J delivery for the 19th AW.

With the historic aircraft delivery, which is the final C-130J to arrive from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, LRAFB continues to be the largest C-130J operator in the world —Home of Herk Nation.

LRAFB now boasts a C-130J fleet of 47 aircraft between both the 19th Airlift Wing and 314th Airlift Wing.

The 19th Airlift Wing began transitioning from older C-130H cargo aircraft to newer C-130J models in 2004. The airframe conversion enables Airmen to improve strategic and tactical airlift capabilities.

“It’s an honor to be part of the team of Airmen that welcomed the final C-130J to the Home of Herk Nation,” said Col. John Schutte, 19th Airlift Wing commander. “This latest addition to the world’s largest C-130J fleet will be put to immediate use as we continue to project and sustain agile combat airlift, globally.”

The J-model airframe offers a longer fuselage with additional pallet positions for added airlift capacity, an updated cockpit with digital avionics, more efficient engines and propellers, which increase range and speed and many other improvements.

The C-130J enables LRAFB to quickly provide humanitarian airlift relief to disaster victims and airdrop supplies and troops into the heart of contingency operations in hostile areas of Central Asia, South America and the Horn of Africa.

Source : Aviation Defence More   

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Which Passenger Planes Have The Biggest Wingspan?

Out of all the commercial jet aircraft ever built, which ones have the biggest wingspan? Is it the…

Which Passenger Planes Have The Biggest Wingspan?

Out of all the commercial jet aircraft ever built, which ones have the biggest wingspan? Is it the double-decked Airbus A380, or perhaps the long-ranged Boeing 777-200LR? Let’s find out.

Which aircraft has the biggest wingspan? Photo: United Airlines.

What does a big wingspan mean?

In previous Simple Flying articles, we have answered such questions as to which aircraft is the longest, which has the most extended range, and even which commercial jet aircraft has the biggest windows!

But today, we will cover which aircraft has the biggest wingspan. The wingspan will be a measurement from tip-to-tip of the plane, moving through the fuselage and including any extensions that the wing may have (hint Boeing 777X).

The biggest wingspan of a narrowbody aircraft

Starting our list at the bottom, is which narrowbody has the biggest wingspan?

It is not the Airbus A320 (and all its family of variants, the A321, neo, LR and XLR). It only has a wingspan of 35.80 m (117 ft 5 in) tip to tip. The Airbus A220 aircraft has a smaller wingspan, still at only 35.10 m (115 ft 1 in).

The answer lies with a Boeing plane, but not the aircraft that you think. The Boeing 737 MAX has a wingspan of 35.92 m (117 ft 10 in) and is beaten by the original Boeing 707-320B with a wingspan of 44.42 m (145 ft 9 in) to carry its four engines.

Qantas 707
A Boeing 707 has technically got the biggest wingspan of any narrowbody. Photo: Getty Images

If you wanted to get technical and say that the Boeing 707 existed before there was a distinction between narrowbody and widebody aircraft, then the Boeing 757-300 takes second place with a wingspan of 38.0 m (124 ft 10 in).

Which commercial passenger aircraft has the biggest wingspan?

Now for the main event, of the widebodies, which has the biggest wingspan?

Coming close to the top is the Airbus A340. The massive long-ranged Airbus aircraft has a wingspan of 63.45 m (209 ft 5 in). This is followed by the Boeing 747-8, which has a fantastic wingspan of 68.4 m (224 ft 7 in).

Now we get into the top two. The next biggest is Boeing’s new aircraft, the Boeing 777X. It has a wingspan of 71.75 m (235 ft 5 in). However, this wingspan may cause a problem with airport gates, and thus Boeing designed the ends to fold up and reduce the wingspan to only 64.85 m (212 ft 9 in).

Boeing 777X folding wingtips
The Boeing 777X has folding wingtips for use at airports. Photo: Boeing

Thus, the A380 is the passenger aircraft with the biggest wingspan of 79.75 m (261 ft 8 in). Like we mentioned above, this wingspan caused problems at airports and required airports to redesign gates. But did you know that the wing of the A380 was that wide because the A380 we know today was the smaller version in Airbus’ plans?

Wingspan 747
If we include other aircraft that are not passenger aircraft, the list is more extensive. Photo: Clem Tillier via Wikipedia

Which aircraft has the correct biggest wingspan?

If we didn’t include the category of ‘passenger’ aircraft, then there is a bigger wingspan aircraft in the world—the rocket launching Stratolaunch.

Stratolaunch
Photo: Robert Sullivan via Wikipedia

At a stunning 117 m (385 ft), the wingspan is big enough to house six Boeing 747-400 engines in tandem, two Boeing 747 modded fuselages, and still have room for the massive cargo in the middle. Impressive!

What do you think of this ranking? Let us know in the comments.

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