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Last Armed AC-130U Spooky Gunship Retired to 309 AMARG
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.
Last Combat Deployment Complete for AC-130U Spooky Gunship
The AC-130U Spooky is being replaced downrange by the AC-130J Ghostrider, the most lethal and innovative gunship in the world. The final AC-130U Spooky gunship returned from the airframe's last scheduled combat deployment at Hurlburt Field, on Jul. 8, 2019. While still on alert to respond to contingencies as needed for the next...
USAF retires AC-130U that sank Iraqi patrol boat during Operation Iraqi Freedom
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...
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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