Special ops army among 16 passed in Marine Corps craft crash

The C-130 family of planes is a longest invariably constructed troops aircraft in history.

Why it’s famous: The Hercules can refuel other aircraft in flight. It can fly a tiny troops force and a complicated apparatus around a universe — and land on short, unprepared airstrips. It’s also used for firefighting, hunt and rescue and for drifting by dangerous storms to accumulate systematic data.

How many have been made? Lockheed Martin has constructed many variations of a C-130 given it entered use in 1956. More than 2,500 have been delivered, and it has logged 1.5 million moody hours.

— From CNN’s Thom Patterson, CNN archives

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