Lead: One of the reasons for the success of the C-130 Hercules aircraft was the sheer lack of limits to the ways it could be configured for service - even from a Navy aircraft carrier.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: At first the Lockheed C-130A was designed to carry cargo. Because it was literally overpowered by its four huge Allison turboprop engines, it could land and take off on paved or dirt runways in remarkably short distances – 800 feet to take off as compared to the thousands of feet other aircraft of its size required. So powerful were its engines that once in the air the plane could fly on three or even two engines with little loss of performance.