Thu, Jan 27, 2011
Lockheed Martin Delivers First Civil L-100 Hercules Replacement
Center Wing Box
The first replacement Center Wing Box (CWB) assembly for the
civil variant of the Hercules, the L-100, has been delivered from
Lockheed Martin to Lynden Air Cargo. This delivery marks the first
upgrade of an L-100 with a new CWB. The assembly sits atop the
aircraft's main fuselage and forms the attachment point for the
outer wings and the inboard engines. CWBs are manufactured in the
company's Marietta, GA, facility for both the new C-130J Super
Hercules and for earlier Hercules models.
The new Center Wing Box assembly is the first of three on order
for Lynden, an Anchorage, Alaska-based firm that operates a fleet
of six L-100s. The installation will be performed by
Singapore Technologies Aerospace Engineering using Lockheed
Martin-designed tooling. The new CWB will give the Lynden L-100 an
additional 15 years of service life.
Lockheed began production of the L-100 in 1964, and produced a
total of 115 aircraft through 1987.
Lynden Air Cargo began operations in 1995 and is part of the
Lynden family of companies providing multi-modal transportation
services including air, ground, marine and logistics
companies. Lynden's fleet of Hercs has accumulated more than
125,000 accident-free flight hours since 1997.
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