The Lockheed Hercules in Detail
Part 2 - Rear Fuselage
In order not to interfere with the cargo hold, the landing gear were located in external fairings on the fuselage. This is the right hand fairing seen from the front. Note that from the beginning, the prominent intake for the cargo compartment air condition on the front end was just present on aircraft 844 to 848. After a recent modification, all Hercules aircraft have been upgraded with this.
Front end of left hand fairing. Note how the RBF-tag have made circular patterns in the layer of soot and grime on the surface. The natural metal panel is the APU exhaust while the small hatch in the middle of the photo is the air inlet, which is closed while not in use.
Left hand fairing seen from the front. There is one taxi light on each side.
The rear end of 848. The aft part of the ramp swings upwards/inwards in the fuselage while the forward part of it is used to drive on while loading and unloading. The circular hole is the cabin pressure safety valve.
Who said that rivets and panel lines can't be seen? The rivets make up a very interesting pattern! In the middle of the picture are two chaff dispensers and further aft are two more ALQ 156 sensors.
The tail bumper protecting the structure in case of
landing in a nose-high attitude. The smaller bump is a support point used
when loading heavy cargo and the small tube is an outlet for superfluous
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