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This is one of the guns in the C-130 I believe. It could be the C-47 Viet Nam era Puff the Majic Dragon, I am not sure. Does look like an older plane.

 

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The plane is indeed the C-47, the military version of the DC3. The AC-130 "Spectre" is the latest version of an aerial gunship and has just been upgraded yet again.
 
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I heard a report of one used in an Afgahn strike against enemy insurgents holed in side of a mountain, shooting and retreating in the mouths of caves. The next morning after several hours of no return fire our unit climbed up to the position. The enemy had removed their dead and wounded but blood, bone fragments and body parts were found back in the caves, supposedly caused by rounds bouncing off of rocks and hitting the dudes in the caves.
I've never had the pleasure of seeing one live fire but the videos are just awesome.
 

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I can't decide which airplane makes life more miserable for the enemy, the A-10 or the AC-130.

I've loaded ammo on both, awesome airplanes...
 

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Here are some specs on the AC-130:

Specifications
AC-130H Spectre AC-130U Spooky
Primary Function: Close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance
Contractor: Lockheed Aircraft Corp.
Power Plant: Four Allison turboprop engines T56-A-15
Thrust: Each engine 4,910 horsepower
Length: 97 feet, 9 inches (29.8 meters)
Height: 38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (40.4 meters)
Range: 1,500 statute miles (1,300 nautical miles)
Unlimited with air refueling 2,200 nautical miles
Unlimited with air refueling
Ceiling: 25,000 feet (7,576 meters) 30,000 ft.
Speed: 300 mph (Mach 0.40) (at sea level)
Armament: two M61 20mm Vulcan cannons
with 3,000 rounds
one L60 40mm Bofors cannon
with 256 rounds
one M102 105mm howitzer
with 100 rounds One 25mm GAU-12 Gatling gun
(1,800 rounds per minute)
one L60 40mm Bofors cannon
(100 shots per minute)
one M102 105mm cannon
(6-10 rounds per minute)
Countermeasures AN/AAQ-24 Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM)
AN/AAR-44 infrared warning receiver
AN/AAR-47 missile warning system
AN/ALE-47 flare and chaff dispensing system
AN/ALQ-172 Electronic Countermeasure System
AN/ALQ-196 Jammer
AN/ALR-69 radar warning receiver
AN/APR-46A panoramic RF receiver
QRC-84-02 infrared countermeasures system

Crew: 14 -- five officers (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, fire control officer, electronic warfare officer); nine enlisted (flight engineer, loadmaster, low-light TV operator, infrared detection set operator, five aerial gunners) 13 total. 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: $46.4 million (1992 dollars) $72 million
Date Deployed: 1972 1995
Inventory: Active force, 8;
Reserve, 0;
ANG, 0 13 aircraft assigned to 16th Special Operation Wing's 4th Special Operations Squadron.
 

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Watch it in action...saved my brother's butt in 'Nam a few times.
[video=google;-5708007431110936234]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5708007431110936234&q=gunship[/video]
 

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one L60 40mm Bofors cannon

The WWII vintage Bofors cannon is being replaced by the Bushmaster chain gun on the latest upgrade, just FYI.
 
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