Air Force officials are evaluating the NP 2000, a new eight-bladed propeller, on a C-130H3 aircraft at Edwards, AFB, Calif., base officials announced Nov. 4, 2010. The propeller holds the promise of improving the C-130's performance during takeoff and climb-out. USAF officials are specifically targeting this upgrade for the New York Air National Guard's ski-equipped LC-130s that support the US scientific research mission in Antarctica. Here, the NP 2000s are visible on the C-130H3 as it taxis during a flight test at Edwards.
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