New Delhi, November 19: The Indian Air Force plane C-130J has set a record of being the longest flight onboard. The Hercules carried out a gruelling 13-hour 31-minute non-stop flight, setting not only an IAF record but also globally, the Indian Air Force said in a statement.
“The team got airborne at first light on Nov 18 and landed only at 6:31 pm. This required great courage, skill and strength on part of the team,” IAF tweeted.
The C-130 Hercules is a four-engine military transport aircraft designed to serve military logistics and is build by US-based Lockheed Martin. India has inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought from the US at the cost of around Rs 6000 crore in 2010.
The first six planes were inducted at the Hindon airbase, while the rest will be a part of the squadron at Panagarh in West Bengal. The aircraft designed as a troop and cargo transport is capable of using unprepared runways for emergency landings and takeoffs.
This plane is now used in different roles, including as a gunship for airborne assault, search and rescue missions, scientific research support, maritime patrol, aerial refuelling and reconnaissance.
The aircraft is also being used as a tactical air-lifter by many military forces worldwide.