Lockheed C-130J Hercules airplane model. The new Lockheed C-130J has the familiar silhouette, but it is a brand new airplane with the performance to prove it. Compared to the earlier production C-130E, maximum speed is up 21%, climb time is down 50%. Cruising altitude is 40% higher, range 40% longer. With new engines and props, the J can reach 28,000 feet in just 14 minutes. And for tricky low altitude maneuvers, new avionics and dual head up displays make it easier and safer to operate. It also offers reduced manpower requirements, lower operating costs, support costs, and life-cycle costs.