The takeoff and landing requirements for that aircrft are amazing, it just doesn't seem possible:
At the lower weight, the aircraft managed to come to a complete stop in only 267 ft (81 m), which is little more than double the plane's wingspan. Even at maximum weight, the C-130 required only 745 ft (227 m) for takeoff and 460 ft (140 m) for landing.
What's even more amazing was Operation Credible Sport which was one plan for rescuing the Iranian hostages:
The Credible Sport plan called for highly modified C-130 Hercules cargo planes to land in a soccer stadium not far from the American Embassy in Tehran and airlift the hostages out. Three aircraft were modified under a top secret project at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida to YMC-130H configuration with rocket packages blistered onto the forward and aft fuselage, which theoretically enabled the planes to land and take off within the confines of the sports arena.
There's some footage here of a failed test:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... c130&hl=en
The gunship is pure evil genius, "lets put a howitzer on a plane"....