The Pentagon has notified Congress it wants to sell Libya two C-130J Super Hercules cargo planes, strengthening military ties between America and the burgeoning post-Gadhafi government.

The sale is worth an estimated $588 million and includes two of the Lockheed-produced aircraft, 10 Rolls Royce AE2100D3 engines, modifications for the planes, training and logistics support. The planes are of the C-130J-30 “stretch” variety, which adds 15 feet to the fuselage to create space for two extra pallets. […]