KC-130F Hercules landing and take-off from USS Forrestal

In 1963, a USMC KC-130F loaned to the US Navy for carrier on-board delivery (COD) trials, became the largest and heaviest aircraft to land and take off from an aircraft carrier. To date (2014) the record still stands.

USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and KC-130F Hercules, 1963.

USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and KC-130F Hercules, 1963.

During the trials aboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59), the KC-130F completed:

 

  • 29 touch-and-go landings
  • 21 unarrested full-stop landings
  • 21 unassisted take-offs
KC-130F Hercules take-off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), 1963.

KC-130F Hercules take-off from aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), 1963.

The pilot of the Hercules was US Navy test pilot Lieutenant James H. Flatley III (later Rear Admiral) who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in the trails.