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un_swe
10-26-2005, 08:07 AM
Thats an awesome piece of machinery!, wouldnt like to be on the reciving end of that one.

un_swe

Nrom
10-26-2005, 08:50 AM
Well thats huge badass bird!!

Ruledbyjames
10-26-2005, 10:24 AM
That is one kick ass plane.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC-130_gunship
Just for some info on it.

Nrom
10-26-2005, 11:15 AM
I wonder how does it shoot howizer? Doesnt it dissbalance plane?

larryzou
10-26-2005, 11:46 AM
vary nice photos thinks man

TuNeRsHaRk
10-26-2005, 12:09 PM
Death From Above

ranger75bn
10-26-2005, 01:04 PM
Well thats huge badass bird!!


agreed http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif

DeathBeforeDishonor
10-26-2005, 01:42 PM
Death From Above

Very much so!woot

Morboute
10-26-2005, 01:55 PM
anyone know what the gunship that was used in Vietnam was called? worked pretty much as the Ac-130, only had miniguns tho i think.

sir-chimp
10-26-2005, 01:58 PM
anyone know what the gunship that was used in Vietnam was called? worked pretty much as the Ac-130, only had miniguns tho i think.


There were several different versions of these gunships on different airframes.

Morboute
10-26-2005, 02:03 PM
ah, okay thank you.

Saw it on some documentary about Vietnam, guess i'll have to wait for the re-run. :D

DeathBeforeDishonor
10-26-2005, 02:04 PM
anyone know what the gunship that was used in Vietnam was called? worked pretty much as the Ac-130, only had miniguns tho i think.

AC-47 and the AC-119

PIMP
10-26-2005, 02:41 PM
Excellent pictures. That is one badass-mofo'in bird!
Someone posted some footage of an AC130 tearing up some guys in afghanistan or irak a while ago. Very impressive.

sir-chimp
10-26-2005, 02:45 PM
ah, okay thank you.

Saw it on some documentary about Vietnam, guess i'll have to wait for the re-run. :D


It got me thinking, so I did a yahoo on it. Try this link. No picutres, but good info. Hope this helps.

http://umcc.ais.org/~schnars/aero/gunships.htm

Sten3
10-26-2005, 02:52 PM
There were several different versions of these gunships on different airframes.


.. jupp, but most of them were called "Spooky"

https://militaryspecialtiesinc.com/images/USPostWarSqPatches/Ac130Spectre.JPG
http://home.comcast.net/~fub.dll/images/Backgrounds/AC-130_Firing.jpg
http://www.t.kth.se/euroavia/flygetyg/images/99mars/ac130_drawing_firing.jpg
http://www.tplinc.com/IMG/DEFENSE/C130LAP.JPG

Sten3
10-26-2005, 02:58 PM
http://jiatelin.jschina.com.cn/attacker/gfx/ac130/ac130_3.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/squiretoad/Graphics/0002_ac130t.gif
http://www.specwarnet.com/desktop/ac130u_flares.jpg
http://www.globalspecialoperations.com/graphics/gunshipdisplay.gif

Frost
10-26-2005, 03:17 PM
These gunships are perhaps the most stupid thing the world has ever seen, but it works! No man would ever be so crazy to mount a 105mm gun on an aircraft, but they managed to get it work and it works like a sharm.

The firepower of these planes is HUGE. The only drawback is that the plane is big *****ing target when flying in daylight. This fact was sadly proven by the loss of a gunship during the first Gulf war, when it was supporting Marine Corps units attacking enemy vehicles and stayed in the air even though the sun was rising. It was shot down and it was, as far as I know, the greatest loss of airman during the entire war (14 men died)

The name of the aircraft was Spirit 03. Here's a link with the full story;
http://www.specialoperations.com/Memorial/spirit.html

CSAR
10-26-2005, 03:58 PM
Can anyone tell me why they are using that 40mm Bofors?
As far as I know it feeds from some sort of 5-6 round clips, so rate of fire can't be too good. On the other hand 40mm round won't do much damage, so to me it seems the whole weapon is pretty useless on a bird that has 105mm howizer and 25mm gatling gun (or two). For some reason they however use them, so there must be some good reason. Accuracy or range maybe?

Frost
10-26-2005, 04:07 PM
Can anyone tell me why they are using that 40mm Bofors?
As far as I know it feeds from some sort of 5-6 round clips, so rate of fire can't be too good. On the other hand 40mm round won't do much damage, so to me it seems the whole weapon is pretty useless on a bird that has 105mm howizer and 25mm gatling gun (or two). For some reason they however use them, so there must be some good reason. Accuracy or range maybe?

Well, there was a good vid called "aerial gunner" or something like that. It showed the crew operating the guns including the 40mm bofors. On the pics here you can also see that it's a top-loading weapon. The clips don't have to be removed. You can simply load one clip after the other from the top. So the firing rate is actually quite good.

40mm is of course allways better in terms of area-damage and range than smaller caliber weapons. It's a very good weapon.

dedgod
10-26-2005, 06:05 PM
Can anyone tell me why they are using that 40mm Bofors?
As far as I know it feeds from some sort of 5-6 round clips, so rate of fire can't be too good. On the other hand 40mm round won't do much damage, so to me it seems the whole weapon is pretty useless on a bird that has 105mm howizer and 25mm gatling gun (or two). For some reason they however use them, so there must be some good reason. Accuracy or range maybe?
I'm assuming its the L70/40 which is what it looks like, worldwide as an AAA gun. yes it does use the 5 round clips, but those are extremely quick to reload..

I have more doubts about the Gatling, yes, and awesome rate of fire, but inaccurate as hell i would think...

DeathBeforeDishonor
10-27-2005, 06:42 AM
I'm assuming its the L70/40 which is what it looks like, worldwide as an AAA gun. yes it does use the 5 round clips, but those are extremely quick to reload..

I have more doubts about the Gatling, yes, and awesome rate of fire, but inaccurate as hell i would think...


If I remember right they use the L60 model, don't really know the diffrence, maybe legnth?

L()Csta
10-27-2005, 08:04 AM
http://img462.imageshack.us/img462/9360/ac130timelapse0xa.jpg

Short video
http://www.flurl.com/uploaded/AC_130_Promo_video_2708.html

RMinOZ
07-13-2007, 07:40 AM
Hey all the original post was a few years back, am adding a new link to this subject matter.

Was doing some research in the AC-47 & AC 119.

A website dedicated to the Air Commando's of Nakhon Phanom has some really good, factual stories about the gunships from that conflict, and a feew other things going on around that time p-)

Worth the time to read their stories

Here's the link
http://aircommandoman.tripod.com/index.html

txterry2
10-18-2008, 05:57 PM
Hi,
Was stationed at NKP april 71/72.This was my A1e Skyraider and in the background is an Ac-119"shadow",that just returned from anight mission.

txterry2
10-18-2008, 06:14 PM
Hi,
Was tdy to Ubon RTAFB.Here is a pic of the AC-130a.The 40mm"Bofors"Was used due to the large amount of surplus from WW2,as most of the stuff was.

fusilero
10-18-2008, 06:22 PM
AC 130U
http://www.defenselink.mil/dodcmsshare/homepagephoto/2007-08/hires_070824-F-5957S-367adotjpg

fusilero
10-18-2008, 06:25 PM
The 25 and 40mm cannons will be replaced with 30mm Bushmasterhttp://img86.imageshack.us/img86/8076/ac130uoc2003nw8dotjpg

txterry2
10-18-2008, 06:32 PM
Hi,
The Ac-47,119,130 and B-57's were used at night to work on the Ho Chi Mien trail.

Creeper
10-18-2008, 09:20 PM
Hi,
The Ac-47,119,130 and B-57's were used at night to work on the Ho Chi Mien trail.
You may have been in country same time as my old man. He was in one of two Connie Sqds.(Bat Cat) in Korat. Perhaps , your airborne controller (Disco ?) as well.

Funny,, He also listened to those fuvkers on the trail.

BTW: nice pics. Keep posting.

Andrew116
10-18-2008, 09:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpyFMEKQyrk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jn6nByuDS0