Harvest Hawk Herc


We’ve mentioned the Marine Corps program to “bolt on” a ground attack capability to some of its fleet of KC-130J Hercules. And lo and behold, here’s some video of one doing a live fire exercise.

My eyes are getting pretty old. Can one of you sharp eyed spotters identify the chase plane? I think it’s a T-6 Texan II, but I’m just not sure.

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4 responses to “Harvest Hawk Herc

  1. captainned

    Def a T-6 Texan II based on the shape and orientation of the tail plane, not that we had lots to go on here.

    Not sure if arming all Herky-Birds is a good idea. We don’t fly the AC variants into humanitarian ops and if every C-130 is now a missile carrier it might help the instant military mission at a net loss for ops as a whole.

    If 3rd world countries say “don’t bring us our donated life-saving goods on C-130s” how else do they get there. C-47s aren’t exactly thick on the ground these days.

    Note to those aircraft designers who have yet to graduate from the middle-school notepad doodled out during the boredom. Start with the C-47, move to the C-130, and design the next turboprop (fuck the jet guys) airlifter that can land anywhere & carry anything. The US always needs one and even the C-130JJ is pushing the limits of a 1950′s airframe. I know what I used to doodle and somewhere in the bored minds of middle-school boys lies our next tactical airlifter.

    • The Air Force (nor the Navy, for that matter) isn’t going to use Harvest Hawk on their airlifters. They can afford to operate a specialized fleet of gunships and MC-130s.

      But the Marines can’t. And don’t forget, in many ways, the real mission for Marine Hercs is the refueling part. Airlift is a nice secondary capability. And now, so is limited ISR/CAS in a benign Air Defense environment.

    • captainned

      Yeah, makes sense for the Marines.

      Still want to see some bored middle-schooler draw our next tactical airlifter.

  2. Chase plane looks a lot like a T-34c.