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Lockheed Martin celebrates C-130 anniversary

C-130 Hercules aircraft assemble on the flight line at Yokota Air Base in Japan during readiness week on Feb. 21, 2013.

The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules Airlifter will reach 60 years in flight Saturday, as it holds the title for the longest continuous production run in military aircraft history.

The first flight of the C-130 was in Burbank, Calif. in 1954. All C-130 production models are built at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta, Ga.

Back in 1993, a C-130 test plane crashed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta when simulating an engine failure, killing all seven people on board. And in 2012, Lockheed Martin cut about 400 jobs as it slowed production of the C-130.

But over the years, more than 2,500 C-130s have been ordered or delivered to 63 nations.

Lockheed Martin is inviting those who have had connections to the Hercules over the years to share their memories on social media with the hashtag #herc60.

©2014 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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