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Lockheed C-130R Arctic VXE-6 Model (Ship 8-10 Weeks)
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MSRP Price: $299.95
Factory Direct Price: $199.95
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This model will be made exactly as shown on the photograph above and will take 8 to 10 weeks to made and shipLC-130s are specially modified with a wheel/ski landing gear configuration for operation in Arctic and Antarctic regions. Originally built for the U.S. Navy, most of these C-130 variants are being handed over to the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing. Antarctic Development Squadron 6, more commonly known as VXE-6, supported Operation Deep Freeze for over 44 years!
The LC-130's predecessor, the C-130D, was first introduced in 1956. During 1957, the U.S. Air Force conducted extensive testing of the wheel/ski configured aircraft (#55-0021) which could be operated from both conventional runways and snow/ice covered surfaces in Arctic regions and for resupply missions to units along the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line. The tests proved the aircraft could successfully do what had already been done by other wheel/ski configured aircraft, like the C-123J.
The wheel/ski configured C-130Ds were only built for the U.S. Air Force. They were, and still are, the largest aircraft to be equipped with skis. The modification involved installation of a nose and two main skis fitted around conventional landing gear. The nose ski measured 10 feet (3m) long by 6 feet (1.8m) wide, while the main skis were 20 feet (6m) long by 6 feet (1.8m) wide. The undersides were coated with Teflon to reduce surface friction and resist adhesion to ice and snow. Each ski weighed approximately 2,000 pounds (907kg).
Your model will be made exactly as shown in the photographs. If you would like to change this model in any other way, please visit the Custom Model section of our website to commission a personalized model to be built.