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Lockheed flight tests C-130 airframe mods

19th April 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London

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Lockheed Martin has begun flight testing several aerodynamic modifications – including winglets – for the C-130 Hercules in a bid to increase the efficiency of the aircraft and potentially save millions of dollars in annual fuel bills.

The modifications include 5ft winglets and 3D-printed ‘microvanes’, which are small fibre-glass strips fitted to the aft section of the fuselage. Both modifications have now entered flight testing with C-130 aircraft from US Air Force (USAF) and US Coast Guard (USCG).

Funding for flight testing C-130 winglets and microvane technology has come from both internal R&D investment as well as from the Air

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