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The Lockheed C-130 was designed by a team led by Willis Hawkins in response to an Air Force RFP issued in February 1951. The C-130 has been in production since 1954, and the current version (C-130J) has been selected by the armed forces of eight countries. Like other long-lived designs, its maximum takeoff gross weight has increased (from 124,000 lb to 155,000 lb), and performance has been greatly improved as more powerful engines became available. The designer's dilemma is that designing-in the capability for growth (such as oversizing the wing), may penalize the initial design but improve the chances for a long-lived production line..

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