May 26 - The Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter aircraft has completed its first flight.

This first flight followed the same test flight route over north Georgia and Alabama, USA that is used for all C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The LM-100J will complete initial production flight tests and then begin Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certificate update flight test requirements.

The LM-100J is the 17th different mission capability developed for the C-130J Super Hercules and it is an updated version of the L-100 cargo aircraft, which Lockheed Martin produced from 1964-1992.

Lockheed Martin officials submitted a Program Notification Letter to the FAA on January 21, 2014, for a type design update to the aircraft, a civil-certified variant of the C-130J Super Hercules to be marketed as the LM-100J. The LM-100J was first introduced in February this year with a traditional roll out ceremony held at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Marietta, USA, as HLPFI reported here.

According to Lockheed Martin the LM-100J will perform as a commercial multipurpose air freighter capable of rapid and efficient cargo transport, capable of delivering bulk and oversize cargo.