The National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) C-130 Hercules airplane is shown parked at the Toulouse Blagnac Airport in France (below). The plane was on exhibit during the International Conference on Airborne Research for the Environment (ICARE). The aircraft recently got an a complete avionics upgrade, fitted with Honeywell's Avionics Suite for the C-130 Hercules.
NCAR's C-130 Hercules has long-range and large-payload capabilities that provide an ideal platform for a variety of applications in airborne geosciences research. In addition to atmospheric research, the plane can also be used to take airborne measurements for research in other disciplines of science including oceanography and Earth sciences.
Located in Boulder, Colo., NCAR is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR has about 750 scientists and support personnel. The National Science Foundation is NCAR's primary sponsor, with significant additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments and the private sector. To learn more, visit the NCAR website.