C-130J Super Hercules. Eight have been assigned to at the 133rd Airlift Wing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Image: Jon Alderman

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The U.S. Air Force has assigned eight C-130J turboprop cargo planes to replace older model Hs flown by the Minnesota Air National Guard. Although C-130s have been flown since 1955, the J models are new with updated engines, flight decks and, and other systems. The planes are available to transport cargo and passengers in support of global, domestic and humanitarian missions. Governor Tim Walz called the C-130s “critical assets” during floods, hurricanes and other emergencies. The craft each can transport 92 passengers, 64 airborne troops, 74 litter patients with five medical crew, six pallets, three Humvees, two armored personnel carriers, or one self-propelled howitzer. C-130s can fly 370 mph. Fully loaded the range is 2,300 miles. Their ceiling empty: 33,000 feet.