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This Is What Happens When You Add Skis And 8 Rockets To A C-130

It's not quite Santa's sleigh, but this Lockheed LC-130 is the ski-equipped variant of the C-130 Hercules used in the Arctic and Antarctic. It's fitted with 4 jet-assisted takeoff (JATO) rockets on each side of the fuselage to help it take off from short or unimproved runways. Basically, this airplane can handle the snow.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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