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Hercules Bomber
Size: 2ft x 3ft Oil   Date: 21-Sep-65
Artwork Located:
Headquarters Air Defence Command

By modifying the rear loading ramp of the Lockheed C-130 so that it could be opened in the air above the normal speed limit of 150 knots, the PAF converted this cargo aircraft into night bombers during the 1965 War, for neutralizing moderately defended targets. Each Hercules could carry 24,000 lbs of HE bombs which were rolled out of the rear ramp on wooden cradle pallets. Very precise low level approach and pull up was required over the target to deliver the bomb carpet accurately.

The painting shows a C-130, piloted by Wing Commander ZAhid Butt on the night of 21 September 1965, on its bombing run over an Indian artillery regiment deployed along the BRB canal. More than 40 out of 72 heavy guns were completely destroyed, thus foiling Indian attempts to concentrate the fire of their heavy guns on the city of Lahore in the closing stages of the war.

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