AC-130U gunship, tail number 513 was the last Spooky with its guns still installed and one of the very last to retire altogether. On Aug. 19, 2019 the last armed AC-130U “Spooky” gunship, tail number 513, retired to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), Ariz.
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The AC-130U had the honor of being “the first Air Force aircrew and aircraft to sink a maritime combat surface vessel during a war effort since World War II” AC-130U, # 89-0511, was retired to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) on May 8. The gunship had the honor of being “the first Air Force aircrew and aircraft...
HERE’S HOW AN AC-130U GUNSHIP AIRCREW SAVED 50 FRIENDLY SOLDIERS BY FIRING SEVERAL BURSTS WITHIN 10 METERS OF THEMDario Leone -
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...