A C-130 Hercules Landed on an Aircraft Carrier
The world of aviation regularly sees some of the most-amazing happenings. One such amazing event was that of the Hercules C-130 landing on the USS Forrestal (CVA-59), making it the largest and heaviest plane ever to land on an aircraft carrier.
A Challenging Feat
The Hercules C-130 only had a few small changes from the Grumman C-1 Trader, the original plane used for COD missions. Anti-skid brakes were added to the new model, and a smaller nose-landing gear orifice was fixed to the C-130 and the under-wing refueling pods detached from the mighty Hercules
Now for the actual challenge: the test. On the day of the test, the sea was pretty rough, so the ship had to increase its speed by 10 knots in order to reduce the wind direction. The plane managed to land perfectly and stopped right opposite the captain’s bridge and was welcomed with a lot of laughter and cheering.
Flatley’s KC-130 Hercules aboard the USS Forrestal (1963). The aircraft is now displayed at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.