The Anonymous Widower

Hail The Hercules

The title of this post was used on the front page to indicate an article in the Meccano Magazine about the arrival of the Lockheed Hercules in the mid-1950s.

The Wikipedia entry for the Hercules, starts with this sentence.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built by Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin). Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft.

The aircraft first flew in 1954 and nearly seventy years later they are still doing the same operations, they were designed for, with various reports of Hercules flying to the remote Wadi Seidna airstrip in Sudan.

This Google Map shows the airstrip.


  1. There appears to be two runways and some form of operational building or terminal.
  2. The River Nile is at the East of the map.

It looks like an airfield, where Hercules are intended to be used, even in circumstances, where severe damage has been inflicted to the runway.

When Metier Management Systems and Artemis  were sold to Lockheed, I had several conversations with senior people and the company was and probably still is rightly proud of its long-lived design.


April 26, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , ,


  1. You will probably be aware that the RAF are withdrawing this venerable aircraft from service in the next few months. A decision driven purely & simply by financial imperatives rather than operational. As events in Sudan show, yet again, there is a great need for flexible air transport. I hope we do not rue the day the bean counters got their way.

    See link for a more informed discussion then I [an armchair corporal] can offer …

    Comment by PJS | April 27, 2023 | Reply

    • Blinkered vision by men in suits with no military background. The C130 is a superb aircraft.

      Comment by MauriceGReed | April 27, 2023 | Reply

      • Lockheed’s senior people and their accountants, certainly knew the value of their creation.

        Comment by AnonW | April 27, 2023

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