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Hercules Aircraft

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original expected usage was of each type of Hercules airlift aircraft airframes; when each type came into service; what the expected length of their service life was on entry into service; and what the present rate of airframe usage is. (259668)

The Hercules C-130K entered service with the RAF in 1967. Because of the long period of time that has since elapsed, details of the original planned service life and usage of these aircraft are no longer held centrally. As at 31 January 2009 the Hercules C-130K fleet had undertaken a total of 7,527 flying hours in the current financial year.

The Hercules C-130J entered service with the RAF in 1999 with an expected service life of 30 years. Details of the original planned usage of these aircraft are no longer held centrally. As at 31 January 2009 the Hercules C-130J fleet had undertaken a total of 15,680 flying hours in the current financial year.