The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft built by Lockheed. It is the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. Over 40 models and variants of the Hercules serve with more than 50 nations. In December 2006, the C-130 became the fifth aircraft — after the English Electric Canberra, B-52 Stratofortress, Tupolev Tu-95, and KC-135 Stratotanker — to mark 50 years of continuous use with its original primary customer, in this case, the United States Air Force. The C-130 is also the only military aircraft to remain in continuous production for 50 years with its original customer, as the updated C-130J Super Hercules. The C-130 continued to be an important aircraft for military use as its attack varient AC-130H Specter and AC-130U Spooky are still in active service.
Capable of takeoffs and landings from unprepared runways, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. The versatile airframe has found uses in a variety of other roles, including as a gunship, for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting. The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. During more than 50 years of service, the family has participated in countless military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations.
The C-130 Hercules is used by F.E.A.R. for Rowdy Betters, as an airborne command center where he briefs the second F.E.A.R. team before they HALO drop in and deploy just inside of the Fairport Quarantine Zone, touching down in the flood canals. One is witnessed going down in F.E.A.R. Extraction Point by the Point Man, Jin Sun-Kwon, and Douglas Holiday, and later the Point Man comes across the wreckage. The same plane is also seen by the Sergeant, after exiting the Subway in F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate.
Its not known that crashed C-130 seen in both Extraction Point and Perseus Mandate belongs to F.E.A.R. or not, because Rowdy Betters is still alive towards the end of these games, he was not aboard that crashed C-130. The crashed C-130 has "U.S. Air Force" mark on it, this means this C-130 belongs to unknown branch of U.S. Air Force, either shot down by Replica Force or the plane is downed by influence of Alma Wade.
In F.E.A.R. 3, a C-130 is stationed at the Port Authority Airport, in Armacham's attempt to extract Michael Becket from Fairport. The C-130 in this game is modeled after the C-130J-30 varient, which has extended fuselage. Although it still uses four-bladed turboprop engines, which real life C-130J-30 uses eight-bladed ones.