Developing the C-130J as a private venture, Lockheed Martin had to use FAA certification to prove its airworthiness to prospective customers. The earlier C-130E had been certified and produced as the L-100 civil freighter, but when Lockheed began delivering C-130Js for military customers in 1999, it did not see a commercial market for the aircraft. Times have changed. The L-100s have got older and defense budgets leaner, and now Lockheed is to certify a civil C-130J, the LM-100J, for ...

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