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AC-130 Spectre / Spooky
AC-130H Spectre gunship deploys flares in 2007
Role Fixed-wing gunship
Manufacturer Lockheed and Boeing
First flight AC-130A: 1966
AC-130U: 1990
Introduction AC-130A: 1968
AC-130U: 1995
Status Active
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 43, including all variants (25, Active)
Unit cost AC-130H: US$132.4 million
AC-130U: US$190 million (2001)
Developed from C-130 Hercules
.The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily-armed ground-attack aircraft.^ AC-130 Gunship Patch ] .

^ American AC-130 Gunship .
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^ Captian Sims' AC-130 gunship.
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.The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed, and Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support.^ Lockheed and Boeing is responsible for the conversion.

^ The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed, and Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support.
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^ The AC-130U Gunship program consists of 13 new Lockheed C-130H airframes, modified by Rockwell, (now Boeing).
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[1] .It is a variant of the C-130 Hercules transport plane.^ C-130 Hercules Variants of the C-130 include: .
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^ It is a variant of the C-130 Hercules transport plane.
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^ C-130 Hercules The C-130 is a US vehicle transport plane.

.The AC-130A Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Gunship I in the Vietnam War.^ The U-model is the third generation of C-130 gunships, all of which evolved from the first operational gunship, the AC-47.
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^ The AC-130A Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Gunship I in Vietnam.
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^ Nose arts seen were: EC-47N _Beep!_Beep!_ Some EC-47s were later given to the VNAF. Project Gunship II: Lockheed AC-130A .
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.The gunship's sole user is the United States Air Force, which uses AC-130H Spectre and AC-130U Spooky variants.^ AC-130H Spectre an and gunship a short flashback mission.

^ SOS AC-130U Spooky gunship - Air Force Article .

^ United States Air Force, uses which AC-130H Spectre AC-130U and Spooky gunships.

[2] .The AC-130 is powered by four Rolls-Royce T56-A-15 turboprops and has an armament ranging from 25 mm Gatling-type cannons to 105 mm howitzers.^ Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines .
  • Bambooweb: AC-130 gunship 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: Academic]

^ Dual 20mm Cannon on AC-130 .

^ AC-130 is powered by four turboprops and has an..

.It has a standard crew of twelve or thirteen airmen, including five officers (two pilots, a navigator, an electronic warfare officer and a fire control officer) and enlisted personnel (flight engineer, electronics operators, and aerial gunners).^ Five officers (pilot, copilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer); 8 enlisted (flight engineer, All Light Level TV operator, infrared- detection set operator, four airborne gunners, loadmaster) Unit Cost: US$72 million .
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^ AC-130U 13 crew consisting of: pilot co-pilot navigator fire control officer.

^ Five officers (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer) and eight enlisted (flight engineer, TV operator, infrared detection set operator, loadmaster, four aerial gunners) .
  • Bambooweb: AC-130 gunship 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: Academic]

.The US Air Force uses the AC-130 gunships for close air support, air interdiction, and force protection.^ "The AC-130 gunship's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance.
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^ SOS AC-130U Spooky gunship - Air Force Article .

^ US air force AC-130 gunship.
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.Close air support roles include supporting ground troops, escorting convoys, and flying urban operations.^ Any close air support fits this trope.
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^ Close air support missions include troops in contact, convoy escort and urban operations.
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  • Lockheed AC-130 'Spectre' and AC-130U 'Spooky II' 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.theaviationzone.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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^ Missions in close air support are troops in contact, convoy escort and urban operations.
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.Air interdiction missions are conducted against planned targets and targets of opportunity.^ Air interdiction missions are conducted against preplanned targets or targets of opportunity.
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^ The air interdiction are missions that involve destruction of designated targets and targets of opportunity.
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^ Air interdiction missions are conducted against pre-planned targets or targets of opportunity.
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.Force protection missions include defending air bases and other facilities.^ Force protection missions include air base defense and facilities defense.
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^ The defence of military facilities, be them air bases or infantry bases are called force protection missions.
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^ Other roles include air interdiction (pre-planned air-to-ground strikes), armed reconnaissance and force protection (flying defensive patrols over friendly forces / bases).

.Currently, AC-130U Spooky model gunships are stationed at Hurlburt Field in Northwest Florida and the AC-130H models are stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico.^ SOS AC-130U Spooky gunship - Air Force Article .

^ The A-model gunship was the first AC-130 model.
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^ AC-130U Gunships .
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.The gunship squadrons are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), a component of United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM).^ Current state of Russian air force .
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^ It’s a important step for (Air Force Special Operations Command),” said Lt. Col.
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^ Boeing is modifying four gunships for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command by ins...
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Contents

Development

.The C-130 Hercules was selected to replace the AC-47 Spooky Gunship I used during the Vietnam War, to improve gunship endurance capabilities and increase capacity to carry munitions.^ American AC-130 Gunship .
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^ AC 130 gunship matter too.
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^ Ac-130 gunship?
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[3][4]
AC-130H Spectre near Hurlburt Field, Florida in 1988
.In 1967, JC-130A USAF 54-1626 was selected for conversion into the prototype AC-130A gunship.^ (JC-130A S/N 54-1626) was selected for conversion into the prototype AC-130 gunship.

^ The Spectre AC-130a gunship at Ubon.

^ AC-130A Gunships .
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.The modifications were done that year at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, by the Aeronautical Systems Division.^ Note: The AC-130A gunship prototype (#54-1626) was retired in 1976 and is currently on display at the USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
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^ So weapons specialists and the Air Force Research Laboratories at Eglin Air Force Base came up with a modified round with a pyrotechnic spotting charge.
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^ (Source: Air Force Times, 10/26/08) AF works on cyberspace roadmap BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La.
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.A direct view night vision telescope was installed in the forward door, an early forward looking infrared (FLIR) in the forward part of the left wheel well, and Gatling guns fixed facing down and aft along the left side.^ Below and aft of the extended radome was a turret with Forward-Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR), Low-Level Light Television (LLLTV), and a laser range-finder/illuminator.

^ There are various .50 caliber machine gun blisters along the fuselage, as well as a powerful twin .50 caliber turret up near the nose.
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^ Cannon,M102 - This cannon was derived from the Army field artillery M1A1 howitzerand was modified to be fired from the left rear side door of the AC-130 gunship aircraft.

.The analog fire control computer prototype was handcrafted by RAF Wing Commander Tom Pinkerton at the USAF Avionics Laboratory.^ The fire control computer was the product of engineers in the Avionics Laboratory.

^ Gunship II was also equipped with a more sophisticated avionics suite including the Night Observation Device, Forward Looking InfraRed, side looking radar, beacon tracking radar and a fire control computer system.

^ Lockheed F-94A [49-2534] (USAF Museum) F-94A , YF-97A 1949 = Heavily-modifed T-33A to handle new Hughes E-1 fire-control system.
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.Flight testing of the prototype was subsequently performed primarily at Eglin Air Force Base, followed by further testing and modifications.^ Initial flight testing was done during the summer of 1967, primarily at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

^ Flight testing of the prototype was done primarily at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and began on June 6, 1967.

^ The Air Force's 46th Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base conducted the initial flight test.
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.By September 1967, the aircraft was certified ready for combat testing and was flown to Nha Trang Air Base, South Vietnam for a 90 day test program.^ The aircraft was based at Bateem Air Force Base.
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^ The aircraft participated in the Luke Air Force Base open day.
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^ By early September, the aircraft was certified ready for combat testing.

[3] .The AC-130 was later supplemented by the AC-119 Shadow Gunship III, which later proved underpowered.^ A U.S. AC-130 gunship in an undated photo.
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^ AC-130 Gunships .
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^ AC130 Gunship AC-130 .

An AC-130U firing flares
.Seven more aircraft were converted to the "Plain Jane" configuration like the AC-130 prototype in 1968,[5] and one aircraft received the "Surprise Package" equipment the next year.^ The aircraft was converted into the prototype AC-130A gunship.
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^ The aircraft was named "Plain Jane".
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^ More AC-130 Spooky Resources .
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[6] .In 1970, an additional 10 AC-130As were acquired under the "Pave Pronto" project.^ December 1970 saw the arrival of the Pave Pronto AC-130As.

^ Project Pave Pronto: Lockheed AC-130A .
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^ C-130A aircraft converted under the Project Pave Pronto program.
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[7] .Conversion of C-130Es into AC-130Es for the "PAVE Spectre" project followed.^ Following in the footsteps of the AC-47 gunships, the first AC-130 Spectre began operations from Nha Trang on September 24, 1967.
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^ This Free Lockheed AC-130 Pave Spectre Picture is ideal for School work and with fire control by a combination of radar, video and infrared sensors.
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^ C-130E aircraft converted under the Project Pave Spectre program.
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[8][9]
.Regardless of their project names, the aircraft were more commonly referred to by the Squadron's call sign: Spectre.^ It also has twice the munitions capacity of the AC-130H. Background The AC-130H's call sign is "Spectre."
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^ C-130E aircraft converted under the Project Pave Spectre program.
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^ The aircraft was allocated the radio call sign VM-JLN. .
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Recent and planned upgrades

.In 2007, AFSOC initiated a program to upgrade the armament of existing AC-130s still in service.^ The AC-130s are still overhead.
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^ AC-130 Recent and planned upgrades: In 2007, AFSOC initiated a program to upgrade the armament of existing AC-130s still in service.

^ After the prototype AC-130A completed its initial combat evaluation in early December 1967, problems identified during the test program were evaluated and integrated into an upgrade and overhaul plan expected to take until midsummer 1968.

.The test program planned for the 25 mm GAU-12/U and 40 mm Bofors cannon on the AC-130U gunships to be replaced with two 30 mm Mk 44 Bushmaster II cannons.^ The AC-130U is also replacing the GAU-12 and L-60 with two 25mm M-242's.

^ The M102 will stay, for now, but the Bofors and GAU-12 will be replaced by the two 30mm Bushmaster IIs.
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^ The AC-130 is armed with a 40-mm Bofors cannon and a 105-mm Howitzer cannon.
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[10] .In 2007, the Air Force modified four AC-130U gunships as test platforms for the Bushmasters.^ AC-130U Spooky Gunship .
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^ In 2007, the Air Force modified four AC-130U gunships as test platforms for the Bushmasters.

^ AC-130U Spooky/Spectre Gunship .
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.However, AFSOC canceled its plans to install the new cannons on its fleet of AC-130Us.^ However, AFSOC canceled its plans to install the new cannons on its fleet of AC-130Us.

^ Charlie successfully found funding for modification of the Gunship fleet with new sensors and improved armament to include the 40 MM Bofors Cannon and 105 MM Howitzer.

^ At sea, the biggest news centers on the planned 55-ship LCS fleet, which is expected to field a new generation of mine-hunting and other ISR technology modules.
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.It has since removed the guns and re-installed the original 40 mm cannons and returned the planes to combat duties.^ It has since removed the guns and re-installed the original 40 mm cannons and returned the planes to combat duties.

^ The gunship also carries both a 40 mm Bofors cannon, capable of up to 100 shots per minute, and a 105 mm howitzer that can be fired six times a minute.
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^ Equipped with a side-firing 105-mm howitzer and a 40-mm cannon, the Special Operations planes have been used on ground targets in Afghanistan, including one attack that leveled a small village believed to be an al Qaeda encampment.
  • CNN.com - U.S. to reinforce military power for Afghan campaign - November 21, 2001 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

[11] Brig. Gen. .Bradley A. Heithold, AFSOC's director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments, said on 11 August 2008 that the effort was canceled due to problems with the Bushmaster's accuracy in tests "at the altitude we were employing it". There were also schedule considerations that drove the decision, he said.^ However, there are no plans to accelerate the schedule, said Capt.
  • CONTENTS 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: News]

^ The IAF, sources said, does not plan at this stage to equip all of its Black Hawk helicopters with offensive capabilities but is conducting the tests to see if the possibility exists should a decision to do so be made in the future.
  • IAF testing new armed Black Hawk model - Military Photos 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC www.militaryphotos.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After the prototype AC-130A completed its initial combat evaluation in early December 1967, problems identified during the test program were evaluated and integrated into an upgrade and overhaul plan expected to take until midsummer 1968.

[12]
.There are also plans to possibly replace the M102 howitzer with a breech-loading 120 mm mortar, and to give the AC-130 a standoff capability using either the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (based on the Hydra 70 rocket), or the Viper Strike glide bomb.^ AC-130 is based on the C-130, and is used as a ground attack aircraft.
  • DailyTech - Huge Lockheed Martin Airship Set to Debut in 2011, Survey Battlefields 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ AC-130 bombing video Informao .
  • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ AC-130 Gunship-Spectre Bombing .

[13]
.The Air Force plans to launch an initiative in Fiscal 2011 to acquire 16 new gunships based on modified, new-build MC-130J special operations tankers that are outfitted with a "precision strike package" to give them an attack capability, according to newly released budget documents and defense officials.^ The aircraft was acquired by the Jordanian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft was acquired by the Brazilian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft was acquired by the Bolivian Air Force.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

.The Air Force is requesting $1.6 billion from Fiscal 2011 through 2015 for this recapitalization.^ As envisioned in 2005, JCA would deliver an initial 70 Air Force and 75 Army airlifters of a common type for a total cost of around $5 billion.
  • War Is Boring: Airlift Confusion 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.warisboring.com [Source type: General]

^ Balance flight training Back in March, the Air Force announced that it planned to cut fiscal 2008 training flight hours by 10 percent, an attempt to save money for modernization and recapitalization of the fleet.
  • Air Force Community - Air Force Times 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.airforcetimes.com [Source type: News]

^ The city is requesting all Air Force records relating to BRAC, the Joint Land Use Study and the draft Environmental Impact Statement.
  • mississippi coast aerospace corridor - news 2008 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.mscoastaerospace.com [Source type: News]

.These aircraft would increase the size of the Air Force's highly taxed gunship fleet to 33 aircraft, a net increase of eight, after accounting for the planned retirement of eight aging AC-130Hs.^ The aircraft was acquired by the Jordanian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft was acquired by the Brazilian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft was acquired by the Bolivian Air Force.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

.The first aircraft would be bought in Fiscal 2012, followed by two in Fiscal 2013, five in Fiscal 2014, and the final eight in Fiscal 2015.[14] The decision to stick with the C-130s to fill the need came after funding to acquire 16 C-27s had been stripped from the fiscal 2010 budget.^ The aircraft was acquired by First Air.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The decision to stick with the C-130s to fill the need came after funding to acquire 16 C-27s had been stripped from the fiscal 2010 budget.

^ Air Force leaders believed that these technologies would make aircraft like the F-15 and F-16 obsolete by the early 21st century.
  • Military Aircraft - US Air Force - US Navy 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.baseops.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[15] .It is not yet known what the J-model conversion will be called when converted into a gunship platform.^ The aircraft was converted into a gunship.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed and Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support.
  • C-130 Gunship Hercules Model - C130 Gunship Spectre Hercules Lockheed Wood Model Airplane - $149.98 : Model Airplane Factory, Mahogany Wood Model Airplanes, Wooden Model Helicopters, Military Wall Plaques in Wholesale and Retail. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.modelairplanefactory.com [Source type: Academic]

^ AC-130U Spooky Gunship Desktop Model Plane The AC-130 gunship is a heavily-armed ground attack plane manufactured by Lockheed, and Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support is now avialable in a desktop model with weapons on base display.
  • Propeller Military Aircraft Models - Wood Model Airplanes, Models Ships, Model Tanks- Handcrafted Desktop Wood models in Jet, propeller, ships, helicopters and Spacecraft 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.showcasemodels.com [Source type: General]

[16]

Design

AC-130H Spectre
.These heavily-armed aircraft incorporate side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensors, navigation and fire control systems to provide precision firepower or area-saturation fire with its varied armament.^ The APG-180 system is integrated with the gunship's fire control system.
  • AC-130U Spooky/Spectre Gunship 14sep04 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.mindfully.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The newest addition to the command fleet, this heavily armed aircraft incorporates side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, navigation and fire control systems to provide surgical firepower or area saturation during extended loiter periods, at night and in adverse weather.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: AC-130H Spectre, AC-130U Spooky 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: Reference]
  • MILAVIA - Lockheed AC-130 Spectre/Spooky Gunship - Extended 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • TonyRogers.com | C-130 Spectre and Spooky 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.tonyrogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Boeing is the ABL industry team leader, aircraft provider and weapon system integrator.
  • Chasing the goal of an efficient battlefield laser - Military & Aerospace Electronics 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC mae.pennnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The AC-130 can spend long periods flying over their target area at night and in adverse weather.^ AC-130 Gunship over Afghanistan targeting .

^ The AC-130 has the ability to stay in the air for long periods of time over its target and at night in most weather conditions.
  • Lockheed AC-130 Gunship > Assault Airplane: Armed Forces International 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.armedforces-int.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Flying Gunship AC-130 Spectre .
  • Military Aircraft - US Air Force - US Navy 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.baseops.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The sensor suite consists of a television sensor, infrared sensor, and radar.^ The sensor suite consists of a television sensor, infrared sensor and radar .
  • Bambooweb: AC-130 gunship 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: Academic]

^ The AC-130 Spectre sensor suite consists of a television sensor, infrared sensor and radar.
  • Old Herc a pioneer in laser guided bombing 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.talkingproud.us [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The sensor suite consists of a low-light-level television sensor and an infrared sensor.

.These sensors allow the gunship to visually or electronically identify friendly ground forces and targets in most weather conditions.^ Radar and electronic sensors also give the gunship a method of positively identifying friendly ground forces as well as effective ordnance delivery during adverse weather conditions.

^ With these sensors the gunship can electronically and visually identify any friendly ground units in nearly all weathers.
  • Lockheed AC-130 Gunship > Assault Airplane: Armed Forces International 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.armedforces-int.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These sensors allow the gunship crew to visually or electronically identify friendly ground forces and enemy targets in most environmental conditions.
  • Old Herc a pioneer in laser guided bombing 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.talkingproud.us [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The AC-130U is equipped with the AN/APQ-180, a synthetic aperture radar for long-range target detection and identification.^ A multi-mode strike radar provides extreme long-range target detection and identification.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: AC-130H Spectre, AC-130U Spooky 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: Reference]
  • MILAVIA - Lockheed AC-130 Spectre/Spooky Gunship - Extended 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • TonyRogers.com | C-130 Spectre and Spooky 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.tonyrogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The AC-130U employs synthetic apertures strike radar for long-range target detection and identification.
  • Ac 130u video 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC dronlob.zeigtsichimweb.de [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]
  • AC-130H/U Gunship Factsheet 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.gruntsmilitary.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]
  • FOXNews.com - Brainroom: Tools of Battle, AC-130H/U Gunship - Other 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ The AC-130U employs synthetic apertures strike radar for long-range target .

.The gunship's navigational devices include inertial navigation systems and a Global Positioning System.^ Navigational devices include an inertial navigation system and global positioning system.

^ Navigational devices include the inertial navigation system (INS) and global positioning system (GPS).
  • MILAVIA - Lockheed AC-130 Spectre/Spooky Gunship - Extended 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • TonyRogers.com | C-130 Spectre and Spooky 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.tonyrogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Puff the Magic Dragon hits Taliban 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The gunship's navigational devices include the inertial navigation systems and global positioning system.
  • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]
  • AC-130H/U Gunship Factsheet 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.gruntsmilitary.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AC130 Gunship AC-130 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.battle-fleet.com [Source type: Reference]
  • Lockheed AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky aircraft 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.military.cz [Source type: Reference]
  • Puff the Magic Dragon hits Taliban 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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  • FOXNews.com - Brainroom: Tools of Battle, AC-130H/U Gunship - Other 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.foxnews.com [Source type: News]
  • Gunships of the USAF - Armchair General and HistoryNet >> The Best Forums in History 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.armchairgeneral.com [Source type: General]

.The AC-130U employs technologies developed in the 1990s and can attack two targets simultaneously.^ The AC-130U employs the latest technologies and can attack two targets simultaneously.
  • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]
  • MILAVIA - Lockheed AC-130 Spectre/Spooky Gunship - Extended 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AC-130H/U Gunship Factsheet 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.gruntsmilitary.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]
  • Gunships of the USAF - Armchair General and HistoryNet >> The Best Forums in History 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.armchairgeneral.com [Source type: General]

^ The AC130 U employs the latest technologies and can attack two targets simultaneously.

^ The AC-130U employs synthetic apertures strike radar for long-range target detection and identification.
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  • AC-130H/U Gunship Factsheet 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.gruntsmilitary.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]
  • Gunships of the USAF - Armchair General and HistoryNet >> The Best Forums in History 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.armchairgeneral.com [Source type: General]

.It also has twice the munitions capacity of the AC-130H.[1] Although the AC-130U conducts some operations in daylight, majority of its combat missions are conducted at night.^ It also has twice the munitions capacity of the AC-130H. .
  • Bambooweb: AC-130 gunship 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.bambooweb.com [Source type: Academic]
  • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]
  • FOXNews.com - Brainroom: Tools of Battle, AC-130H/U Gunship - Other 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ It also has twice the munitions capacity of the AC-130H. History .
  • Puff the Magic Dragon hits Taliban 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It also has twice the munitions capacity of the AC-130H. Background The AC-130H's call sign is "Spectre."
  • Gunships of the USAF - Armchair General and HistoryNet >> The Best Forums in History 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.armchairgeneral.com [Source type: General]

[17]
AC-130U sensor suite
.During the Vietnam era, the various AC-130 versions following the Pave Pronto modifications were equipped with a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD) system called the Black Crow (AN/ASD-5), a highly sensitive passive device with a phased-array antenna located in the left-front nose radome that could pick up localized deviations in earth's magnetic field and is normally used to detect submerged submarines.^ Pave Pronto [USA] Pave Pronto was the AC-130A gunship version of the C-130 Hercules.
  • Acronyms and Codenames FAQ, O-Q 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.hazegray.org [Source type: News]

^ Versions of the AC-130 were first deployed during the Vietnam War.
  • FOXNews.com - The World's Deadliest Conventional Weapons - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ Test aircraft for the Black Crow truck ignition locating system.
  • Herky Nose Art - C-130 Hercules Nose Art Galleries - AC-130 Spectre Gunship Page 4 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.herkynoseart.com [Source type: General]

.The Black Crow system on the AC-130A/E/H could accurately detect the unshielded ignition coils of North Vietnamese trucks that were hidden under the dense foliage of the jungle canopy along the Ho Chi Minh trail.^ This was the first "anti-trail" aircraft to operate over the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Test aircraft for the Black Crow truck ignition locating system.
  • Herky Nose Art - C-130 Hercules Nose Art Galleries - AC-130 Spectre Gunship Page 4 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.herkynoseart.com [Source type: General]

^ B-52 strikes against the Ho Chi Minh Trail .
  • Weapons and Aircraft of The Vietnam War - Tactics, Napalm, Bombs, Laser Guided Weapons 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.lossless-audio.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It could also detect the signal from a hand-held transmitter that was used by air controllers on the ground to identify and locate specific target types.^ It could control any air territory immediately.
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^ Finally, an AC-130 Spectre gunship was used to destroy the Taliban weapons store and whatever moved above ground in the section of the fortress they controlled.
  • Chicago Boyz » Blog Archive » Mini-Book Review: Stanton — Horse Soldiers 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC chicagoboyz.net [Source type: General]

^ Additions are certain to include defensive systems, electro-optical surveillance and targeting turrets, flight and/or ground surveillance radars, weapons, and computerized gun control systems.
  • U.S. Army/Air Force C-27J Production — Military Forum | Airliners.net 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The system was slaved into the targeting computer.^ Using passive systems data is obtained, fed into the computer and analyzed, then best course of pilot action is suggested for manual or automatic response.
  • the F22 or the Eurofighter? [Archive] - WW2 in Color History Forum 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ww2incolor.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

PGM-38/U 25 mm ammunition for AC-130U

AC-130U Spooky
.The PGM-38/U Enhanced 25 mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) round was created to expand the AC-130U gunships' mission in standoff range and survivability for its 25 mm GAU-12/U gun system.^ AC-130U Spooky/Spectre Gunship .
  • AC-130U Spooky/Spectre Gunship 14sep04 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.mindfully.org [Source type: Reference]

^ AC-130U Gunship .
  • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ AC-130U Gunship bombing video.
  • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This round is a combination of the existing PGU-25 HEI and a M758 fuse designated as FMU-151/B to meet the MIL-STD-1316. The FMU-151 has an improved arming delay with multi-sensitive range.^ On the eve of the U.S. entry into World War II, the company entered the arms game when it scored a multi-million dollar contract to produce artillery fuses.
  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Back to the Future with The Complex? | TomDispatch 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.tomdispatch.com [Source type: News]

[18]

Operational history

.The AC-130 Gunship first arrived in South Vietnam on 21 September 1967 under the Gunship II program, and began combat operations over Laos and South Vietnam that year.^ Created the first AC-47 gunships.
  • Acronyms and Codenames FAQ, O-Q 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.hazegray.org [Source type: News]

^ American AC-130 Gunship .
  • Sexy Air Force Babe Gunning an AC-130 Gunship in Iraq and. 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC piedadpauli.ifrance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Captian Sims' AC-130 gunship.
  • Ac 130u video 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC dronlob.zeigtsichimweb.de [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.By 30 October 1968, enough AC-130 Gunship IIs arrived to form a squadron, the 16th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW), at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.^ Became AC-130E, 1970; 16th SOS, 8th TFW, Ubon TRAFB, Thailand, 1972-73.
  • Herky Nose Art - C-130 Hercules Nose Art Galleries - AC-130 Spectre Gunship Page 4 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.herkynoseart.com [Source type: General]

^ The Air Force's senior tactical commander in Iraq said the AC-130 can .
  • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ US air force AC-130 gunship.
  • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.By December 1968 most AC-130s were flown under F-4 Phantom II escort from the 479th Tactical Fighter Squadron, normally three Phantoms per Gunship.^ In December 1968, F-4 Phantoms first escorted the gunship in an effort to protect it from ground fire.
  • MILAVIA - Lockheed AC-130 Spectre/Spooky Gunship - Extended 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The AC-130 aerial gunship: This comes in two forms, the AC-130H "Spectre" and the more heavily armed AC-130U "Spooky," both flown by the U.S. Air Force.
  • FOXNews.com - The World's Deadliest Conventional Weapons - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

^ AFSOC's fleet includes 87 C-130s, in several variants: the MC-130P Combat Shadow refueling aircraft, the MC-130E Combat Talon I penetrating tanker aircraft, the MC-130H Combat Talon II infiltration and resupply aircraft, and the AC-130U and AC-130H gunships.

.In late 1969, under the code name of "Surprise Package", 56-0490 arrived with solid state laser illuminated low light level TV with a companion YAG laser designator, an improved forward looking infrared (FLIR) sensor, video recording for TV and FLIR, an inertial navigation system, and a prototype digital fire control computer.^ Below and aft of the extended radome was a turret with Forward-Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR), Low-Level Light Television (LLLTV), and a laser range-finder/illuminator.

^ Looking forward from under right wing .
  • National Museum of the US Air Force 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.craigcentral.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ FLIR (Forward looking Infra-Red) and LLLTV (Low Light-Level Television) sensors were mounted in forward chin fairings.
  • Igloo White 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

AC-130A performs a left-hand pylon turn
.Surprise Package was equipped with the latest 20 mm Gatling-style cannons and 40 mm Bofors cannon, but no 7.62 mm close support armament.^ An Air Force AC-130 Spectre gunship, armed with a 105 mm cannon, was called in to push back the attackers, and no Marines were hurt.
  • CNN.com - Marines, Iraqis join forces to shut down Fallujah - Apr 5, 2004 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ (AC-130U) one 105-mm howitzer, one Bofors 40-mm gun, one GAU-12/U 25-mm six-barrel gun (3,000 rds) .
  • Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - C-130 Hercules 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.aerospaceweb.org [Source type: Academic]

^ The AC-130H Pave Spectre has twin 20-mm Vulcan rotary cannons that fire at a rate of 7,200 rounds per minute (spent round casings have to be shoveled to clear them); a 40-mm Bofors gun that fires at a rate of 100 rounds per minute; a 105-mm Howitzer that fires 44 lb shells at 10 rounds per minute; and optional 7.62 mm miniguns.
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.Surprise Package was refitted with upgraded similar equipment in the summer of 1970, and then redeployed to Ubon RTAFB. Surprise Package served as a test bed for the avionic systems and armament for the AC-130E. In the summer of 1971, Surprise Package was converted to the Pave Pronto configuration, and assumed its new nickname, Thor.^ December 1970 saw the arrival of the Pave Pronto AC-130As.

^ Ground testing equipment for F-15 avionics.
  • Acronyms and Codenames FAQ, A-B 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.hazegray.org [Source type: News]

^ Beginning in 1973, all but one AC-130E were re-engined with new Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, equipped with the latest radio and avionics gear, and redesignated AC-130H _Pave_Spectre_II_.
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.In Vietnam, they destroyed more than 10,000 trucks and participated in many crucial close air support missions.^ Any close air support fits this trope.
  • Big Damn Gunship - Television Tropes & Idioms 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ During Vietnam, gunships destroyed more than 10,000 trucks and were credited with many life-saving close air support missions.
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^ Gunships destroyed more than 10,000 trucks and were credited with many life-saving close air support missions.
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.Six Spectres were lost to enemy fire.^ A total of six gunships were lost to enemy action in Vietnam.
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^ Pounded by ground fire and enemy fighters, only three of the six aircraft returned.
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^ To a lesser extent, T1 Transporters as well since they can carry up to six tanks who can fire at nearby enemies without disembarking!
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[19] .During Operation Urgent Fury (Invasion of Grenada) in 1983, AC-130s suppressed enemy air defense systems and attacked ground forces enabling the successful assault of the Point Salines Airfield via airdrop and air land of friendly forces.^ The enemy position was firing on friendly forces.
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^ AC-130s suppressed enemy air defense systems and attacked ground forces during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada.
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^ Unconventional Warfare : Organize, train and assist guerrilla forces Information Operations: Attacks on enemy information-systems and defense of friendly ones.
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.The AC-130 aircrew earned the Lieutenant General William H. Tunner Award for the mission.^ AC-130 Video - Mission tape.

^ The AC-130 aircrew earned the Lt. Gen.
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^ AC-130 gunship mission.
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Smoke visible from Gatling gun during twilight operations in 1988
.AC-130s also had a primary role during the invasion of Panama in 1989 (Operation Just Cause) when they destroyed Panama Defense Force headquarters and numerous command and control facilities.^ AC-130s also had a primary role during Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989 when they destroyed Panamanian Defense Force Headquarters and numerous command and control facilities.
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^ The gunships had a primary role during Operation Just Cause in Panama by destroying Panamanian Defense Force Headquarters and numerous command and control facilities by surgical employment of ordnance in an urban environment.
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^ The F-117A first saw action in December 1989 during Operation Just Cause in Panama.
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.Aircrews earned the Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year and the Tunner Award for their efforts.^ Spectre gunship crews of the 1 SOW earned the Mackay Trophy and Tunner Award for their efforts.
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^ Aircrews earned the Mackay Trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year and the Tunner Award for their efforts.
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.During Gulf War of 1990-91 (Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), AC-130s provided close air support and force protection (air base defense) for ground forces, and battlefield interdiction.^ Provide ground based fire control for AC-130 operations.
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^ Provide aerial fire support/fire support control for special operations forces.
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^ The aircraft was based at Bateem Air Force Base.
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.The primary interdiction targets were early warning/ground control intercept (EW/GCI) sites along the southern border of Iraq.^ The primary interdiction targets were early warning/ground control intercept (EW/GCI) sites along the southern border of Iraq.

^ Additions are certain to include defensive systems, electro-optical surveillance and targeting turrets, flight and/or ground surveillance radars, weapons, and computerized gun control systems.
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^ The system delivered to New Mexico’s McGregor Range consists of multiple subscale aerial targets, catapult launcher and two ground control stations.
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.The first gunship to enter the Battle of Khafji helped stop a southbound Iraqi armored column on 29 January 1991. One day later, three more gunships provided further aid to Marines participating in the operation.^ January 29-31, 1991 .

^ One day later, three more gunships were called in to provide further aid to the Marines.

^ In the course of the day, in that gun battle the Marines lost one Marine.
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.The gunships attacked Iraqi positions and columns moving south to reinforce their positions north of the city.^ These gunships pounded Iraqi positions and columns that were again moving south to reinforce their positions north of the city.

^ On January 9, 2007, the United States openly intervened in Somalia by sending Lockheed AC-130 gunships to attack ICU positions in Ras Kamboni.
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^ U.S. forces moving against those positions also came under attack from Iraqis who fired machine guns and threw grenades at them from a BMW sedan.
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.Despite the threat of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and increasing visibility during the early morning hours of 31 January 1991, one AC-130H, AF Serial No.^ January 29-31, 1991 .

^ Another aspect of an air defense system is its surface-air-missiles, or SAMs.
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^ A shoulder-fired missile brought down the AC-130H Spectre from Hurlburt Field outside this Florida Panhandle town where Buege still lives...."
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.69-6567, call sign Spirit 03, opted to stay to continue to protect the Marines.^ The decision to remain behind to support the Marines cost the pilots and crew of Spirit 03 their best defensive weapon - darkness.

^ You actually hear the call to prayer that's takes place also in Fallujah as this air attack continues, in addition to the gunfire and the fighting between U.S. Marines and the insurgents there in Fallujah.
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^ Spirit 03 was due to end its patrol when it received a call from the Marines - they needed an enemy missile battery destroyed.

.A SAM subsequently shot down Spirit 03, and all fourteen crew members perished.^ Unfortunately, Spirit 03 was shot down by a surface to air missile (SAM) and all 14 crew members perished.

^ All seventeen crew-members were killed.
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^ All crewmembers of "Spirit 03" were not recovered."
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[20]
.The military has used AC-130 gunships during the humanitarian operations in Somalia (Operation Restore Hope) and (Operation United Shield) in 1992/1993, in the NATO mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and in Operation Silver Wake in 1997, the evacuation of American non-combatants in Albania.^ Captian Sims' AC-130 gunship.
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^ AC 130 gunship matter too.
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^ The A-model gunship was the first AC-130 model.
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.In the late 1970s when the AC-130H fleet was first being modified for in-flight refueling capability, a demonstration mission was planned and flown from Hurlburt Field, Florida, non-stop, to conduct a 2-hour live-fire mission over Empire Firing Range in the Republic of Panama, then return home.^ The AC-130H will also be modified.
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^ They’ve flown their mission at home.
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^ A shoulder-fired missile brought down the AC-130H Spectre from Hurlburt Field outside this Florida Panhandle town where Buege still lives...."
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.This 13-hour mission with two in-flight refuelings from KC-135 tankers proved the validity of flying long-range missions outside the CONUS to attack targets, then return to home base without intermediate stops.^ Missions includes short, middle and long range flights.
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^ First acquired as the KC-135 in 1957, this aerial tanker version continues to fly refueling missions.

^ The return home didn’t last long.

.In July 1979, AC-130H crews deployed to Howard AB, Panama Canal Zone, as a precaution against possible hostile actions against American personnel during the time the Sandinistas seized control of Nicaragua from Somoza.^ The AC-130H maintains a crew of just 8 personnel.
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^ Seeing action in Vietnam, the AC-130 crews went on to prove the value of the system time and again in Operation Just Cause to retake the tiny island nation of Panama in 1989.
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^ The medal is awarded for 'conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty' by a member of the U.S. Armed Forces during combat against an enemy.

.New time aloft and non-stop distance records were subsequently set by a 16th SOS 2-ship AC-130H formation flight that departed Hurlburt Field on November 13, 1979, and landed safely on November 15 at Andersen AB, Guam, a distance of >7,200 nautical miles and 29 hours and 43 minutes non-stop duration, with four inflight refuelings (this flight was documented in Lockheed records and in an article by pilot Lt Col Jim Lawrence in the June 1995 edition of AFSOC Night Flyer magazine).^ It was a four-hour flight.
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^ In March, in an interview with CBS Evening News, AC-​​130 pilot Lt. Col.
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^ Set new speed records.
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Weapons fire during a night mission
.Refueling support for the Guam deployment was provided by KC-135 crews from the 305th Air Refueling Wing from Grissom AFB, Indiana.^ The Boeing KC-97, air refueler 2.
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^ (Squadron Nickname) 96th Air Refueling Squadron, that flies KC-135.
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^ Grissom AFB, Indiana 71-72.
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.At Guam, AC-130H crews through trial and error developed communications-out/lights-out refueling procedures for later employment.^ Minimum tactical crew: AC-130U - 13; AC-130H - 14 Maximum crew: 21 Time on Station .

^ The AC-130E was later upgraded to AC-130H standards under project "Pave Spectre II" .
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^ November 6, 2002; One of the new weapons to develop out of the Afghanistan campaign was AC-130 .
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.This deployment with the 1 SOW/CC as Task Force commander was directed from the office of the CJCS due to fear that Iranian militants could begin executing American Embassy personnel who had been taken hostage on 4 November.^ In November 1979, Iranian terrorists took 53 Americans in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran hostage.
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^ Jim Vaught, who commanded the rescue task force.
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^ TRAINING The Escuela Militar de Aviacin (EMA - Air Force Academy) is under the direction of Col. Luis Fernando Medrano, who took office in January 2003.
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.One early option considered AC-130H retaliatory punitive strikes deep within Iran.^ The AC-130U replaced the two 20mm cannon used on the AC-130H with one trainable 25mm cannon while retaining the other weapons.
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^ The ALLTV is superior to the LLLTV on the AC-130H, but the IR on the AC-130H is better than the IR on the AC-130U. Upgrades to the IR on both aircraft are scheduled to occur within a couple of years.

^ Sadly, the enemy shot down one AC-130H gunship.
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.Later gunship flights exceeded the 1979 Hurlburt to Guam flight.^ Because of the hostage situation in Teheran, Iran, four H-model gunships of the 16th SOS flew nonstop from Hurlburt Field to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam in 1979 and later were part of the support force during the hostage rescue attempt in 1980.
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^ In November 1979, the unit was tasked with flying four AC-I30H gunships nonstop from Hurlburt Field to Anderson AFB, Guam, because of the hostage situation at the Embassy in Iran.

.The AC-130U model gunship set a new record for the longest sustained flight by any C-130 with a mission from the 22nd through the 24th of October 1997, when two AC-130U gunships flew 36.0 hours nonstop from Hurlburt Field, Florida to Taegu Air Base (Daegu), South Korea while being refueled seven times in the air by KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.^ Aircraft Sun Shield KC-135 .

^ The Specter gunship we can't hear in the air at this time.
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^ Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker .
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.This record flight shattered the previous record C-130 longest flight by over 6 hours, while the two U-model gunships took on 410,000 lb (186,000 kg) of fuel.^ Two 16,000 lb.
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^ The A-model gunship was the first AC-130 model.
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^ The U-model is the third generation of C-130 gunships.
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.Gunships also were part of the buildup of U.S. forces in 1998 to convince Iraq to comply with UN weapons inspections.^ Gunships also were part of the buildup of U.S. forces in 1998 to convince Iraq to comply with U.N. weapons inspections.
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^ The officials also said that their greatest concern about Iraq is its continuing development of chemical and biological weapons, covert programs that have resumed since UN weapons inspectors left the country in 1998.
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^ Bush said Iraq was part of an ``axis of evil,'' along with Iran and North Korea, and accused it of seeking weapons of mass destruction.
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.The United States later used gunships during Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2001– ), and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq (2003– ).^ The AC130U Spooky gunship has been used extensively during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

^ Gunships were also used during operations Continue Hope and United Shield in Somalia, providing close air support for United Nations ground forces.
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^ In recent weeks, al-Sadr has incited violence against the United States and called the attacks of September 11, 2001, a gift from God.
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.In 2007 US Special Operations forces used the AC-130 in attacks on suspected al-Qaeda militants in Somalia.^ American AC-130 Specter Gunship, operational attack on.
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^ AC-130 is based on the C-130, and is used as a ground attack aircraft.
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^ Special Forces train for Somalia duty .
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[21][22] .The AC-130 has the distinction of never having a base under its protection lost to the enemy.^ Oman: Musnana air base is being upgraded for B-52 use, Masirah air base hosts P-3 Orion anti-submarine aircraft and AC-130 gunships.
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^ The P-51 also became the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black fighter squadron that earned the reputation of never having lost a bomber that they escorted.
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^ Provide ground based fire control for AC-130 operations.
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[citation needed]

Gunship Deployments

.AC-130s from both the 4th and 16th Special Operations Squadrons have been deployed in virtually every conflict the U.S. has been involved in, officially and unofficially, since the end of the Vietnam War.^ The aircraft was allocated to the 7 Special Operations Squadron.
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^ The aircraft was allocated to the 4th Special Operations Squadron.
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^ The aircraft was allocated to the 16th Special Operations Squadron at Ubon, Thailand.
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These include deployments supporting the following conflicts or contingencies:

Current aircraft

.The AC-130H has a unit cost of US$132.4 million, and the AC-130U a unit cost of US$190 million (fiscal 2001 constant dollars).^ Cost estimates per unit in 2001 were slated at $132,400,000 for the AC-130H system and $190,000,000 for the AC-130U system.
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^ Boeing) Unit Cost: $38 million .

^ The AC-130H is produced at a cost of US$132.4 million, and the AC-130U is produced at a.

.Currently there are eight AC-130H and seventeen AC-130U aircraft in active duty service.^ According to Wikipedia (quoting the USAF), currently there are eight AC-130H Spectre II and seventeen AC-130U Spooky II aircraft in active duty service.
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^ There are currently 13 AC-130U’s in the Airforce inventory .
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^ In late December 2001 a Department of Defense Program Budget Decision (PBD) called for purchasing at least eight additional AC-130U Spooky gunships, and initiating work on a possible replacement AC(X) gunship aircraft.
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[2]

Operators

AC-130U over Hurlburt Field
 United States

Aircraft on display

.One of the first seven AC-130A aircraft deployed to Vietnam was AF Serial No.^ Here's a photo of one of the first four AC-130A Gunships.

^ This is one of the first aircraft that has a variable inlet to provide smoother flow of air into the engine at different supersonic speeds.
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^ The first AC-130U aircraft arrived in early 1994!

.53-3129, named First Lady in November 1970. In addition to being the first AC-130, this aircraft was a conversion of the first production C-130. On 25 March 1971, it took an anti-aircraft artillery hit in the nose over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos.^ Apr1970 The aircraft was shot down over the Ho Chi Mihn Trail.
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^ The A-model gunship was the first AC-130 model.
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^ Included in the group was the first production C-130 the Air Force received, aircraft 53-3129 (First Lady).

The 37 mm shell destroyed everything below the crew deck. .In 1975, after the conclusion of US involvement in the Vietnam war, it was transferred to the Air Force Reserve, where it served with the 711th Special Operations Squadron of the 919th Special Operations Wing.^ The aircraft was allocated to the 7 Special Operations Squadron.
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^ The Air Force version is slated for special operations.
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^ At this time this aircraft was being operated by the United States Air Force in the Vietnam war.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

In 1980 the aircraft was upgraded from the original three-bladed propellers to the quieter four-bladed propellers and was eventually retired in late 1995. The retirement also marked an end to the Air Force Reserve Command flying the AC-130A. The aircraft now sits on display in the final Air Force Reserve Command configuration with grey paint, black markings, the four-bladed Hamilton Sunstrand 54H60-91 props at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida USA.[23][24]
.A second AC-130A, AF Serial No.^ Surprise_Package_ AC-130A serial was: unknown, see _Project_Pave_Pronto_.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pave_Pronto_ AC-130A-20-LM serial was: 55-0046.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Plain_Jane_ AC-130A-7-LM serial was: 56-0490 _Thor_.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.56-0509, named the Ultimate End, was accepted by the Air Force on 28 February 1957, and modified to the AC-130A configuration on 27 July 1970. The aircraft participated in the Vietnam War and the rescue of the SS Mayaguez.^ The aircraft was acquired by the Jordanian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft was acquired by the Brazilian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft was acquired by the Bolivian Air Force.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

.Ultimate End demonstrated the durability of the C-130 after surviving hits in five places by 37 mm anti-aircraft artillery on 12 December 1970, extensive left wing leading edge damage on 12 April 1971 and a 57 mm round damaging the belly and injuring one crewman on 4 March 1972. "Ultimate End" was reassigned to the Air Force Reserve's 919th Special Operations Wing at Eglin AFB Auxiliary Field #3 / Duke Field on 17 June 1975, where it continued in service until retired in the fall 1994 and transferred to Air Force Special Operations Command's Heritage Air Park at Hurlburt Field, FL. While assigned to the 711th Special Operations Squadron, Ultimate End served in Operations JUST CAUSE in Panama, DESERT STORM in Kuwait and Iraq, and UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti.^ The aircraft was acquired by the Jordanian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The Air Force's senior tactical commander in Iraq said the AC-130 can .
  • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aircraft was acquired by the Brazilian Air Force .
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

.After 36 years and seven months of service, 24 years as a gunship, Ultimate End retired from active service on 1 October 1994. It made its last flight from Duke Field to Hurlburt Field on 20 October 1994. The Spectre Association dedicated "Ultimate End" (which served with the 16 SOS in Vietnam) on 4 May 1995. Lt Col Michael Byers, then 16 SOS commander, represented the active-duty gunship force and Clyde Gowdy of the Spectre Association represented all Spectre personnel past and present for the unveiling of a monument at the aircraft and the dedication as a whole.^ Dave Milster and retired Lt. Col.

^ I retired after 36 years in October 1999 at the age of 60.
  • Vigor High School Class of 1958 Biographies 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.beau.lib.la.us [Source type: General]

^ "Gunship History" from the Spectre Association website..

[25]
.A third AC-130A, AF Serial No.^ Surprise_Package_ AC-130A serial was: unknown, see _Project_Pave_Pronto_.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Plain_Jane_ AC-130A-7-LM serial was: 56-0490 _Thor_.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pave_Pronto_ AC-130A-20-LM serial was: 55-0046.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.54-1630, is on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.^ The aircraft was ordered by the United States Air Force (USAF) as 54-1631.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft was ordered by the United States Air Force (USAF) as 54-1640.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
  • mississippi coast aerospace corridor - news 2008 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.mscoastaerospace.com [Source type: News]

.Named Azrael (Azrael, in the Koran, is the angel of death who severs the soul from the body) this aircraft figured prominently in the closing hours of Operation Desert Storm.^ The aircraft was named "Azrael-Angel of Death".
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ To: Dirk McQuickly Lockheed AC-130A "Spectre" Gunship The crew of this AC-130A "Spectre" gunship, named Azrael--Angel of Death , (Azrael, in the Koran , was the angel of death who severed the soul from the body) displayed courage and heroism during the closing hours of Desert Storm.
  • AC-130 "Puff the Magic Dragon" 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ During Operation Desert Shield, eighth carriers were deployed, while six carriers commenced Operation Desert Storm upon conclusion of Desert Shield on the same deployment, while there were 11 deployments of U.S. Aircraft Carriers in Support of Operation Desert Storm, with USS America (CV-66) making two deployments in support of the war.
  • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.On 26 February 1991, Coalition ground forces were driving the Iraqi Army out of Kuwait.^ On February 26, 1991, the allied ground forces were driving the Iraqi army out of Kuwait.
  • AC-130 "Puff the Magic Dragon" 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An elite US Army organization was exclusively tasked to carry out the mission instead of a joint task force (JTF).

^ Coalition forces on Sunday attacked targets to the north and west of Baghdad, including communications nodes, military leadership targets and Iraqi commando units, Abizaid said.
  • FOXNews.com - Officials Say Iraqi Special Ops Guerrillas Leading Resistance - U.S. & World 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC origin.foxnews.com [Source type: News]

.With an Air Force Reserve crew called to active duty, Azrael was sent to the Al Jahra highway (Highway 80) between Kuwait City and Basra, Iraq, to intercept the convoys of tanks, trucks, buses, and cars fleeing the battle.^ The aircraft was acquired by the Kuwait Air Force.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The Air Force calls them "shows of force.''
  • Why Congress is at War with the Air Force to Save the F-22 -- Politics Daily 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.politicsdaily.com [Source type: General]

^ The crew of Azrael was sent to the Al Jahra highway between Kuwait City and Basrah, Iraq, to intercept the convoys of tanks, trucks, buses, and cars that were fleeing the battle.
  • Puff the Magic Dragon hits Taliban 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Facing SA-6 and SA-8 surface-to-air missiles and 37 mm and 57 mm radar-guided anti-aircraft artillery the crew attacked and destroyed or disabled most of the convoys.^ Most of the threat to air forces came from ground-based anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) and surface-to-air missiles (SAM), not enemy aircraft.
  • Old Herc a pioneer in laser guided bombing 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.talkingproud.us [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Facing numerous enemy batteries of SA-6 and SA-8 missiles, and 37mm and 57mm radar-guided anti-aircraft artillery, the crew attacked the enemy skillfully, inflicting significant damage to the convoys.
  • AC-130 "Puff the Magic Dragon" 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Puff the Magic Dragon hits Taliban 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This is a Ruhrstahl X-4 wire guided air to air missile.
  • Picasa Web Albums - NCC81701 - Summer Trip 2... 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC picasaweb.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Azrael was also assigned to the 919th Special Operations Wing and retired to the museum in October 1995.[26][27]
.A fourth AC-130A, AF Serial No.^ Surprise_Package_ AC-130A serial was: unknown, see _Project_Pave_Pronto_.
  • Gunships 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.ais.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No Photo Available AC-130A, 55-0043, (C/N 3070) History: 463d TCW, March 1958, Became AC-130A, circa 1970.
  • Herky Nose Art - C-130 Hercules Nose Art Galleries - AC-130 Spectre Gunship Page 4 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.herkynoseart.com [Source type: General]

^ No Photo Available AC-130A, 55-0029, (C/N 3056) History: 815th TCS, 1958.
  • Herky Nose Art - C-130 Hercules Nose Art Galleries - AC-130 Spectre Gunship Page 4 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.herkynoseart.com [Source type: General]

.54-1626, the original prototype AC-130 named "Gunship II" is on display at the outdoor Air Park at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.^ The aircraft was ordered by the United States Air Force (USAF) as 54-1631.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

^ Note: The AC-130A gunship prototype (#54-1626) was retired in 1976 and is currently on display at the USAF Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
  • Puff the Magic Dragon hits Taliban 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aircraft was ordered by the United States Air Force (USAF) as 54-1640.
  • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

[28][29]

Specifications

AC-130U Spooky
General characteristics
  • Crew: 13
    • Officers: 5 (pilot, copilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer)
    • Enlisted: 8 (flight engineer, TV operator, infrared detection set operator, loadmaster, four aerial gunners)
  • Length: 97 ft 10 in (29.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in (40.4 m)
  • Height: 38 ft 6 in (11.7 m)
  • Wing area: 1745.5 ft² (162.2 m²)
  • Loaded weight: 122,400 lb (55,520 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 155,000 lb (69,750 kg)
  • Powerplant:Allison T56-A-15 turboprops, 4,910 shp (3,700 kW) each
Performance

Armament

Gunners loading 40 mm cannon (background) and 105 mm howitzer (foreground)
AC-130H Spectre over Santa Rosa Island, Northwest Florida coast.
AC-130A Project Gunship II
AC-130A Surprise Package, Pave Pronto, AC-130E Pave Spectre
  • 2× 7.62 mm GAU-2/A miniguns
  • 2× 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon
  • 2× 40 mm (1.58 in) L/60 Bofors cannon
AC-130E Pave Aegis
  • 2× 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon
  • 1× 40 mm (1.58 in) L/60 Bofors cannon
  • 1× 105 mm (4.13 in) M102 howitzer
AC-130H Spectre[30]
(Prior to circa 2000)
  • 2× 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon
  • 1× 40 mm (1.58 in) L/60 Bofors cannon
  • 1× 105 mm (4.13 in) M102 howitzer
(Current Armament)
  • 1× 40 mm (1.58 in) L/60 Bofors cannon
  • 1× 105 mm (4.13 in) M102 howitzer
AC-130U Spooky II
AC-130U Plus 4 / AC-130U+4 (cancelled)[31]
  • 2× 30 mm Bushmaster II cannon
  • 1× 105 mm (4.13 in) M102 howitzer

See also

Related development
Comparable aircraft
Related lists

References

  1. ^ a b Boeing AC-130U Gunship page
  2. ^ a b AC-130H/U Gunship fact sheet. US Air Force, October 2007. (Article was originally based on this.)
  3. ^ a b AC-130A fact sheet. USAF National Museum
  4. ^ Douglas AC-47D fact sheet. USAF National Museum
  5. ^ Lockheed AC-130A "Plain Jane". USAF National Museum. Accessed on 5 April 2009.
  6. ^ Lockheed AC-130A "Surprise Package". USAF National Museum. Accessed on 5 April 2009.
  7. ^ Lockheed AC-130A "PAVE Pronto". USAF National Museum. Accessed on 5 April 2009.
  8. ^ Lockheed AC-130E "PAVE Spectre". USAF National Museum. Accessed on 5 April 2009.
  9. ^ Lockheed AC-130E "PAVE Aegis". USAF National Museum. Accessed on 5 April 2009.
  10. ^ "30 mm Everywhere - Strategy Page". http://www.strategypage.com/dls/articles/200610105842.asp. 
  11. ^ "AIR FORCE CANCELS 30 MM CANNON PROGRAM FOR AC-130U GUNSHIPS - Inside the Air Force, 11 July 2008". http://www.nwfdailynews.com/share/profiles/?slid=52836bbc-64ad-c2d4-9dae-291a895b67d1&plckController=PersonaBlog&plckScript=personaScript&plckElementId=personaDest&plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3a52836bbc-64ad-c2d4-9dae-291a895b67d1Post%3a4d252120-6dcd-4132-b823-23038489868d&sid=sitelife.nwfdailynews.com. 
  12. ^ "Spooky Gun Swap Canceled", Air Force Magazine, October 2008, Volume 91, Number 10, page 24.
  13. ^ "Future AC-130 Gunship Integrated Weapons Systems (PDF)" (PDF). http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2006garm/tuesday/elliot.pdf. 
  14. ^ Vice Adm. Stephen Stanley, director of force structure and resources on the Joint Staff, told reporters February 1, 2010 when discussing the Pentagon's 2011 budget proposal
  15. ^ SCHWARTZ: AFSOC WILL LIKELY CONVERT MORE C-130s INTO ‘GUNSHIP-LITES’". Inside the Air Force, 22 May 2009.
  16. ^ "Special Operations: Fly Hard, Pay Later". Strategy Page, 22 August 2009. http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsf/articles/20090822.aspx
  17. ^ Naylor, Sean (2005). Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda. Berkley Books. pp. 425. ISBN 0425196097. http://books.google.com/books?id=Jz4zjLuvZsUC&printsec=frontcover#PPP1,M1. Retrieved on 2009-04-06.
  18. ^ "PGU-38/U 25mm Ammunition", August 1993, Alliant Techsystems, Public Release, Case No. 93-S3040, E10630 8/93.
  19. ^ Hobson
  20. ^ Spirit 03 and the Battle for Khafji
  21. ^ "Pentagon official: U.S. attacks al Qaeda suspects in Somalia"
  22. ^ "US plane 'bombed Somalia targets'"
  23. ^ List of AC-130 Gunships
  24. ^ "First Lady" retires, era ends
  25. ^ http://www.hurlburt.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3423
  26. ^ http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=412
  27. ^ http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/071106-F-1234S-006.jpg
  28. ^ http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3216
  29. ^ http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/051128-F-1234P-066.jpg
  30. ^ AC-130H/U Gunship fact sheet. US Air Force, October 2007. (20 mm guns were removed)
  31. ^ Air Force Cancels 30mm Cannon Program For AC-130U Gunships
  • Hobson, Chris. .Vietnam Air Losses - United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fixed-Wing Aircraft Losses in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973.^ The aircraft was ordered by the United States Air Force (USAF) as 56-0490.
    • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

    ^ The aircraft was ordered by the United States Air Force (USAF) as 54-1631.
    • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

    ^ The aircraft was acquired by the Indonesian Air Force and re-serialed as A-1329.
    • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

    Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-85780-115-6.

Further reading

  • Ballard, Jack S. (1982). .Development and Employment of Fixed-Wing Gunships 1962-1972.^ The AC-130HU is a fixed-wing, side-firing aerial gunship that provides.

    ^ The AC-130 Spectre Gunship with its 105mm howitzer was the only fixed wing,..

    ^ Don’t be different just to be different The Air Force is on a sensible course to augment its fixed-wing gunship force.
    • Air Force Community - Air Force Times 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.airforcetimes.com [Source type: News]

    .Office of Air Force History, U.S. Air Force.^ D. Air Force Heritage/History Binder .
    • Cadet Guide 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.nau.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The contract in February was awarded to the Northrop Grumman/EADS team, but the General Accountability Office backed a protest by Boeing and determined the Air Force made errors in awarding the contract.
    • mississippi coast aerospace corridor - news 2008 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.mscoastaerospace.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Airmen should wear service dress uniform to offices every day Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
    • Air Force Community - Air Force Times 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.airforcetimes.com [Source type: News]

    pp. 326. ISBN 1428993649. .http://books.google.com/books?id=2h1dYiEC9jcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_summary_r&cad=0#PPR1,M1.^ Azionism Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14536281/ Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings-(What's there to struggle about?
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Book Index - http://www.uscarrierhistory.com/bookindexes/Coral%20Sea%20History.pdf - By Bruce Waye Henion.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder's Blog - Windows Live 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.spaces.live.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Continued http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14975242 Thursday, Sept.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Retrieved 2009-04-06.
     (AC-130 refs loaded throughout book)
  • Bonds, Ray; Miller, David (2002).^ November 6, 2002; One of the new weapons to develop out of the Afghanistan campaign was AC-130 .
    • Real History and a Killer's Video Trail 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC pihlweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Hk94.com is pleased to present an instructutional video clip of a coordinated strike involving an AC-130 gunship in Afganistan from 2002.
    • Gun Camera Footage from AC-130 Video in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.hk94.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ RE: Vulnerable != useless By stmok on 9/25/09 , Rating: 2 By stmok on 9/25/2009 6:31:34 PM , Rating: 2 AC-130 is a flying artillery platform.
    • DailyTech - Huge Lockheed Martin Airship Set to Debut in 2011, Survey Battlefields 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

    The Illustrated Directory of Special Forces. Zenith Imprint. pp. 480. ISBN 0760314195. .http://books.google.com/books?id=B8AbZk-lGJoC&pg=PA426&dq=ac-130&lr=#PPA426,M1.^ Azionism Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14536281/ Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings-(What's there to struggle about?
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Aircraft carrier MovieMonster.com- AC-130 .
    • Sexy Air Force Babe Gunning an AC-130 Gunship in Iraq and. 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC piedadpauli.ifrance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ AC-130 Gunship: Targeting in Afghanistan Amazon.com: Profile For Augustus D. Scott Jr.: Reviews .
    • Real History and a Killer's Video Trail 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC pihlweb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Retrieved 2009-04-06.
      (AC-130 refs starting at p. 426)
  • Head, William P. (2007).^ On January 9, 2007, the United States openly intervened in Somalia by sending Lockheed AC-130 gunships to attack ICU positions in Ras Kamboni.
    • SSA | Somalia: Culture,People,Language etc.. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.tc.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The AC-130 was prominently featured in the 2007 movie .

    ^ RE: Vulnerable != useless By stmok on 9/25/09 , Rating: 2 By stmok on 9/25/2009 6:31:34 PM , Rating: 2 AC-130 is a flying artillery platform.
    • DailyTech - Huge Lockheed Martin Airship Set to Debut in 2011, Survey Battlefields 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

    Shadow and Stinger. Texas A&M University Press. pp. 340. ISBN 1585445770. .http://books.google.com/books?id=ZE61JC0GwRkC&printsec=frontcover#PPP1,M1.^ Azionism Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14536281/ Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings-(What's there to struggle about?
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Book Index - http://www.uscarrierhistory.com/bookindexes/Coral%20Sea%20History.pdf - By Bruce Waye Henion.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder's Blog - Windows Live 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.spaces.live.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Continued http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14975242 Thursday, Sept.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Retrieved 2009-04-06.
      (AC-130 refs starting at p. 28)
  • Momyer, William W., General (U.S. Air Force, Retired) (1983).^ We just felt sort of a jar," said retired Air Force Staff Sgt.
    • 25th Anniversary of the Hostage Rescue Attempt, April 25, 2005 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC rescueattempt.tripod.com [Source type: News]

    ^ "The AC-130 gunship's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance.
    • Soldiers Life: -- In The Skies 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freewebs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Air Force's senior tactical commander in Iraq said the AC-130 can .
    • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Air Power in Three Wars.^ "We were trying to get three more squadrons to have a whole group of Mexican air force in the war," Garduno said.

    ^ Air power did not play a dominant role in the Iran-Iraq war.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Storm Over Iraq: Air Power and the Gulf War by Richard Hallion .
    • Cadet Guide 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.nau.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .U.S. Government Printing Office.^ Glen Burnie won a $98,800 contract from the Government Printing Office for printing annual financial reports.
    • NucNews - February 4, 2002 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC nucnews.net [Source type: News]

    pp. 358. ISBN 1428982108. .http://books.google.com/books?id=nryVksZbvR4C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_summary_r&cad=0#PPP1,M1.^ Azionism Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14536281/ Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings-(What's there to struggle about?
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Book Index - http://www.uscarrierhistory.com/bookindexes/Coral%20Sea%20History.pdf - By Bruce Waye Henion.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder's Blog - Windows Live 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.spaces.live.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Continued http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14975242 Thursday, Sept.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Retrieved 2009-04-06.
      (AC-130 refs starting at p. 211)
  • Mrozek, Donald J. (2002).^ Hk94.com is pleased to present an instructutional video clip of a coordinated strike involving an AC-130 gunship in Afganistan from 2002.
    • Gun Camera Footage from AC-130 Video in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.hk94.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ RE: Vulnerable != useless By stmok on 9/25/09 , Rating: 2 By stmok on 9/25/2009 6:31:34 PM , Rating: 2 AC-130 is a flying artillery platform.
    • DailyTech - Huge Lockheed Martin Airship Set to Debut in 2011, Survey Battlefields 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Posted by: Tom Rowan on December 23, 2002 06:31 PM I was in Da Nang in 1972 and me and another Marine went inside a AC-130.
    • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]

    .Air Power and the Ground War in Vietnam.^ Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo, presented by Air Force Link During the Vietnam War, technologies began to catch up with the need to operate efficiently at night.
    • Old Herc a pioneer in laser guided bombing 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.talkingproud.us [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ We have alluded to the forward air controller (FAC) role played by Blindbat throughout her service in the Vietnam War.
    • Old Herc a pioneer in laser guided bombing 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.talkingproud.us [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Air power did not play a dominant role in the Iran-Iraq war.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The Minerva Group, Inc.. pp. 216. ISBN 0898759811. .http://books.google.com/books?id=RYnSgeAweuIC&printsec=frontcover#PPP1,M1.^ Azionism Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14536281/ Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings-(What's there to struggle about?
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Book Index - http://www.uscarrierhistory.com/bookindexes/Coral%20Sea%20History.pdf - By Bruce Waye Henion.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder's Blog - Windows Live 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.spaces.live.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Continued http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14975242 Thursday, Sept.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Retrieved 2009-04-06.
      (AC-130 refs starting at p. 128)
  • Pirnie, Bruce (2005).^ RE: Vulnerable != useless By stmok on 9/25/09 , Rating: 2 By stmok on 9/25/2009 6:31:34 PM , Rating: 2 AC-130 is a flying artillery platform.
    • DailyTech - Huge Lockheed Martin Airship Set to Debut in 2011, Survey Battlefields 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Posted by: Tom Rowan on December 23, 2002 06:31 PM I was in Da Nang in 1972 and me and another Marine went inside a AC-130.
    • FactsOfIsrael.com: Video: Attacking an Islamic Terrorist camp in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.factsofisrael.com [Source type: General]

    ^ NiclasW 05-15-2009, 08:06 AM AC-130 Spectre ...is out!
    • AC-130 Spectre is out ! [Archive] - Touch Arcade 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC forums.toucharcade.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Beyond Close Air Support: Forging a New Air-Ground Partnership.^ Give ALOs a career path Tactical air control party airmen are arguably doing the toughest job in the Air Force, serving on the ground — in Iraq and Afghanistan to call in close-air support for the soldiers in...
    • Air Force Community - Air Force Times 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.airforcetimes.com [Source type: News]

    ^ "The AC-130 gunship's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance.
    • Soldiers Life: -- In The Skies 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freewebs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Theses babies are good in close air support and interdiction used against fortified locations or ships.
    • COMBATSIM.COM: What's Up! 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.combatsim.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Rand Corp. pp. 188. ISBN 0833037412. .http://books.google.com/books?id=b58S36o0ivsC&pg=PA58&dq=ac-130&lr=#PPA58,M1.^ North East Jobs in Finance, ServicesIn Services shows a U.S. AC-130 gunship Bawazan.com .

    ^ Azionism Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14536281/ Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings-(What's there to struggle about?
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Aircraft carrier MovieMonster.com- AC-130 .
    • Sexy Air Force Babe Gunning an AC-130 Gunship in Iraq and. 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC piedadpauli.ifrance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Retrieved 2009-04-06.
      (AC-130 refs starting at p. 58)
  • Veronico, Nick (2004).^ RE: Vulnerable != useless By stmok on 9/25/09 , Rating: 2 By stmok on 9/25/2009 6:31:34 PM , Rating: 2 AC-130 is a flying artillery platform.
    • DailyTech - Huge Lockheed Martin Airship Set to Debut in 2011, Survey Battlefields 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Phoenix Says: February 15th, 2004 at 11:00 am I found this website and only watched the AC-130 clip.
    • Gun Camera Footage from AC-130 Video in Afghanistan 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.hk94.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ NiclasW 05-15-2009, 08:06 AM AC-130 Spectre ...is out!
    • AC-130 Spectre is out ! [Archive] - Touch Arcade 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC forums.toucharcade.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .21st Century U.S. Air Power.^ Bob Kellas’ letter, “Advisory service a waste” [June 4], highlights his concern with dedicating funds to Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century advisory...
    • Air Force Community - Air Force Times 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.airforcetimes.com [Source type: News]

    ^ Its capability to penetrate air defenses and threaten effective retaliation provide an effective deterrent and combat force well into the 21st century.
    • Soldiers Life: -- In The Skies 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.freewebs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Zenith Imprint. pp. 176. ISBN 0760320144. .http://books.google.com/books?id=3zz3KLbOvYUC&pg=PA75&dq=ac-130&lr=#PPA75,M1.^ Azionism Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14536281/ Israel Struggles With Targeted Killings-(What's there to struggle about?
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Aircraft carrier MovieMonster.com- AC-130 .
    • Sexy Air Force Babe Gunning an AC-130 Gunship in Iraq and. 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC piedadpauli.ifrance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Book Index - http://www.uscarrierhistory.com/bookindexes/Coral%20Sea%20History.pdf - By Bruce Waye Henion.
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder's Blog - Windows Live 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.spaces.live.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Retrieved 2009-04-06
    .  (AC-130 refs starting at p. 75)

External links

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  • AC-130H/U Gunship fact sheet.^ AC-130H The Spectre gunship's.
    • Sexy Air Force Babe Gunning an AC-130 Gunship in Iraq and. 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC piedadpauli.ifrance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Meanwhile, AC-130H Spectre gunships would be over the embassy and the airfield to "fix" any problems encountered.

    ^ I like call of duty 4 because of the stealthy missions and the mission where you get to blow people up with the AC-130H Gunship.
    • Lock and Load: Upcoming Military Shooters of 2007 - Features at GameSpot 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: General]

    .US Air Force, October 2007. (Article was originally based on this.^ The aircraft was based at Bateem Air Force Base.
    • Clyde North Aeronautical Preservation Group - CNAPG. 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC www.cnapg.org [Source type: Reference]

    ^ IAI is upgrading all 12 Colombian air force Kfir C-1/-2 fighters under a $150M contract awarded in late 2007.
    • Picasa Web Albums - El Tirador Solitario - AVIONES ( 2 ) 18 January 2010 15:015 UTC picasaweb.google.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ So weapons specialists and the Air Force Research Laboratories at Eglin Air Force Base came up with a modified round with a pyrotechnic spotting charge.
    • mississippi coast aerospace corridor - news 2008 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.mscoastaerospace.com [Source type: News]

    )
  • .
  • "Gunship History" from the Spectre Association site
  • List of AC-130 Gunships on Gunships.org
  • AC-130 on GlobalSecurity.org
  • "Powerful Gunships Prowl Iraq, and Limits Show" on NPR.org from All Things Considered
  • "Gunship Worries".^ American AC-130 Gunship .
    • Sexy Air Force Babe Gunning an AC-130 Gunship in Iraq and. 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC piedadpauli.ifrance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ AC-130 Gunship Spectre Art .
    • Herky Nose Art - C-130 Hercules Nose Art Galleries - AC-130 Spectre Gunship Page 4 10 September 2009 15:57 UTC www.herkynoseart.com [Source type: General]

    ^ What it is a AC-130 spectre gunship (which is a converted KC-130 cargo plane.
    • Sexy Air Force Babe Gunning an AC-130 Gunship in Iraq and. 19 September 2009 15:11 UTC piedadpauli.ifrance.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Air Force magazine, July 2009.
  • U.S. Air Force.^ BAE Systems announced July 2 that Austria had selected the Eurofighter for its air force and will purchase 24 of the new aircraft.

    ^ Work will be performed at Hurlburt (60 percent) and Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M. and is expected to be completed in January 2009.
    • mississippi coast aerospace corridor - news 2008 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.mscoastaerospace.com [Source type: News]

    ^ About Air Force Magazine .

    (2002). .AC-130 Attack video with explicit kills (thermal imagery from targeting camera).^ Watch and Download Call of Duty4: AC-130 targeting Videos by .
    • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ AC-130 bombing video Informao .
    • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Descripcin: video of the AC-130 Gunship over Afghanistan targeting people.
    • AC-130 Gunship vs Afgan rebels video 19 September 2009 15:30 UTC tatooine.ca [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [160Mb]. Internet Archive. Event occurs at 9 minutes. .http://www.archive.org/details/AC-130_Gunship_Ops_in_Afghanistan_HighResolution.^ You can find it at http://www.scteweb.org/Images/SunspotsFall06.pdf .

    ^ A fully searchable database of the EIP report is available online at http://www.dirtykilowatts.org/ .
    • EQNEEDF - Energy Quest National Energy Efficient Development Founder 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC eqneedf.blogspot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Details: http://www.grants.gov.
    • mississippi coast aerospace corridor - news 2008 18 September 2009 4:04 UTC www.mscoastaerospace.com [Source type: News]

    Retrieved April 3, 2009
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