First Flight For Lockheed Freighter

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Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J civil freighter has completed its first flight, the company has announced. The airplane, part of the Super Hercules cargo line, will perform in a variety of roles, such as firefighting, medevac and VIP transport. It also can deliver bulk and oversize goods to hard-to-reach locations. The first flight went “flawlessly,” said Wayne Roberts, chief test pilot for the program. The LM-100J is an updated version of the L-100 cargo aircraft. Lockheed Martin sold about 100 of the L-100 airplanes from 1964-92.

The LM-100J can operate from short, unprepared airfields without ground support equipment, the company says. It’s driven by four Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 4,591-PSHP turbine engines that turn Dowty R391 six-blade all-composite props. It requires minimal equipment to handle heavy loads, with rapid on-load and offload at truck-bed height. It can fly nonstop up to 2,450 NM at speeds up to 355 knots. The company has said it has about 25 orders for the airplane.

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Comments (2)

Wait, what's wrong with this picture? I flew a Lockheed C-130 (Dubbed the L-100) freighter for Delta in the early 1970's. The "Herc" as a freighter is not exactly new.

Posted by: Dan Jenkins | May 31, 2017 6:34 AM    Report this comment

OK ... let's get serious ... I want to see some performance and payload comparisons with the Airbus A400M.

Posted by: Phil DeRosier | June 2, 2017 7:58 AM    Report this comment

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