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This Day in Georgia History

April 07, 1955

First C-130 Hercules Lifted Off

The first C-130 Hercules production aircraft lifted off the Dobbins runway in Marietta. Dan Haughton, who succeeded James Carmichael as plant manager in 1952, led the fight to build the C-130 at the Georgia Division of Lockheed. The C-130 ensured that the Marietta facility would continue in operation after the Korean War ended in 1953. The plane has been described as a personnel carrier, heavy cargo hauler, paratrooper plane, heavy air-drop platform, and flying ambulance. It was designed to provide straight-in rear loading of cargo on pallets. By 1968 the company would deliver its 1,000th Hercules, and by 1990 the total reached 1,951. [Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]