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Tag: AC-130 gunship

Too Many in the Stack: A-10 pilot tells the story of a night, risky mission flown in bad weather, in congested airspace
One A-10 pilot who almost collided with a UAV when it arrived in his airspace unannounced commented, 'This thing hits me and I have to eject over who knows where, while the Predator operator simply sets down his cup of coffee!' The A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the ‘Warthog’, is the world’s premier close air support aircraft. Originally designed to thwart the...
USAF to declare AC-130J gunship IOC this month but will have to wait two years more before sending it to combat
The AC-130J will not be going into combat anytime soon as U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command is lagging behind in training operators for the new variant The commander of U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command disclosed that the service will declare Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for its newest gunship – AC-130J – later this month. But the aircraft will not...
AC-130U Gunship
The firepower necessary to deter the enemy required the crew to exceed cooling requirements on the 105 mm Howitzer cannon, risking potential detonation inside the aircraft On Nov. 2, 2016, the aircrew of a U.S. Air Force (USAF) AC-130U Gunship (call sign "Spooky 43") was tasked to provide close air support (CAS) to a U.S. Special Forces team and 43...
A mere 60 seconds after arriving on scene, Andrle used his first bomb to destroy an insurgent-infested building. Less than 20 minutes later, Andrle “cleared the rails” and delivered all his F-16’s remaining bombs The following article, titled Finding a way to win and written by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Allen, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, gives you an idea of...
Special operations forces plan to buy 1,000 GBU-69/B SGMs, equipping Lockheed Martin AC-130 gunships and other aircraft According to FlightGlobal, U.S. Air Force (USAF) will soon equip its special operations aircraft with a newly-developed, guided munition developed by an Alabama-based company with a growing portfolio of sophisticated weapons and vehicle systems. The service in fact has placed a sole-source order for...
The stretch of road that Haddad and his crew had fired on quickly became known as the "Highway of Death" due to the enormity of the destruction caused that night The AC-130 gunship (in its various versions) is a heavily armed aircraft incorporating side-firing weapons integrated with sophisticated sensor, navigation, and fire control systems to provide surgical firepower or area saturation...

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