While the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airlifter is writing history, its civil counterpart, the LM-100J, is busy rewriting it.  

The second of the type is displayed in the static park this week, bearing the insignia of “launch customer Pallas Aviation.” Delivery to Pallas, an enigmatic and publicity-shy U.S.-based company, is due before the end of the year, following delayed receipt of the aircraft’s FAA supplemental type certificate. 

Pallas’ order was announced last October, whereas the LM-100J was floated in 2016 on the strength of promised orders from ASL Aviation Group of Dublin for up to 10 to be operated by its South African subsidiary, Safair; and Bravo Industries of Brazil, which announced plan to buy 10. Certification and delivery was originally slated for early 2018 – a date which has, obviously, slipped. 

Two LM-100Js have been built, the first of them flown in May 2017 and the second six months later. Pallas just might be the unidentified customer that signed an option on five.