IAR owns and operates a fleet of Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft. We have over 25 years of experience operating our C-130s around the world for a diverse array of clients. Several of our Hercules aircraft are modified to perform various specialty missions including:
- Aerial Spraying
- Aerial Firefighting
- Parachute Jump Operations
- Aerial Research & Development
- Aerial Refueling
About the C-130
The C-130 Hercules is widely recognized as the most successful and versatile large utility aircraft ever built. Its four turboprop engines, large straight wing, and multitude of cockpit windows provide it with an unmatched level of safety, agility, and efficiency. The configuration of the Hercules can be changed quickly, even in remote environments, to accommodate various types of missions. It can operate from more airfields than any other aircraft of similar size due to its high wing and light “footprint” which prevents its landing gear from sinking into unhardened surfaces commonly encountered at unimproved strips and small airports. Its low cargo floor and rear loading ramp provide ease of loading and unloading with true roll-on / roll-off (RORO) capability. The fully pressurized and climate controlled cargo compartment can accommodate heavy oversized payloads that won’t fit in other aircraft.
Over 2,300 C-130s have been built since its inception and it is still in production today. The Hercules is currently flown by more than 60 nations around the world.
C-130 Fleet Support
C-130 fleet support is provided at IAR’s 67,000 ft2 Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul (MRO) facility located on the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (KIWA) in Mesa, Arizona USA. IAR is a Part 145 Certified Repair Station for all models of the C-130 (certificate # 9IRR566C). IAR provides Hercules operators with all aspects of scheduled and unscheduled C-130 support including:
- Line Maintenance
- “A”, “B”, and “C” Checks
- Heavy Maintenance Visits
- Structural Inspections
- Non-Destructive Inspections
- Modifications and Upgrades (Design, Installation, & Certification)
- Mobile Maintenance Support for Aircraft Away from Home
- Return-to-Service Following Long-Term Storage
IAR owns a large inventory of spare parts and additional C-130 airframes to ensure uninterrupted Hercules support and service today and for decades to come.
Contact IAR to learn more about our MRO services.