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AC-130 Spectre Gunship

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This is the AC-130 Spectre Gunship, created by our Chief Warrant Officer AirforceCraft and Commander in Chief STEALTHy. We hope you enjoy our AC-130 gunship to take out those frisky mobs. If you don't feel safe with this overhead on your side, then we don't know what will. Please leave feedback on what you would like us to build next.

Lockheed AC-130

The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily-armed ground-attack aircraft variant of the C-130 Hercules transport plane. The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed, while Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support.[1] The AC-130A Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Gunship I during the Vietnam War.

The gunship's sole user is the United States Air Force, which uses AC-130H Spectre, AC-130U Spooky, AC-130J Ghostrider, and AC-130W Stinger II[2] variants for close air support, air interdiction and force protection. Close air support roles include supporting ground troops, escortingconvoys, and flying urban operations. Air interdiction missions are conducted against planned targets and targets of opportunity. Force protection missions include defending air bases and other facilities. AC-130Us are based at Hurlburt Field, Florida, while AC-130Hs and AC-130Ws are based atCannon AFB, New Mexico.[3] The AC-130s deploy to bases worldwide in support of operations. The gunship squadrons are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), a component of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM).[4]

All of the weaponry aboard is mounted to fire from the left (port) side of the non-pressurised aircraft. During an attack the gunship performs a pylon turn, flying in a large circle around the target, allowing it to fire at it far longer than a conventional attack aircraft. The AC-130H "Spectre" was armed with two 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannons, one Bofors 40mm autocannon, and one 105 mm M102 cannon, although on most missions after 1994 the 20mm cannons were removed due to their incompatibility with precision targeting and to carry more 40mm and 105mm ammunition. Another reason the 20mm cannons were removed was due to insufficient slant range to target to operate outside of the shoulder launched missile (MANPADS) threat envelope. The upgraded AC-130U "Spooky" has a single 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer in place of the Spectre's twin 20 mm cannons, an improved fire control system, and increased ammunition capacity. New AC-130J gunships based on MC-130J Combat Shadow II special operations tankers were planned as of 2012. The AC-130W is armed with one 30mm Bushmaster Cannon and can drop the AGM-176 Griffin missile.[2]

Origins[edit source | editbeta]

During the Vietnam War, the C-130 Hercules was selected to replace the Douglas AC-47 Spooky gunship (Project Gunship I) in order to improve mission endurance and increase capacity to carry munitions. Capable of flying faster than helicopters and at high altitudes with excellent loiter time, the use of the pylon turn allowed the AC-47 to deliver continuous accurate fire to a single point on the ground.[5][6]

AC-130 Spectre Gunship Minecraft Map

AC-130 Spectre Gunship Minecraft MapAC-130H Spectre near Hurlburt Field, Florida in 1988

In 1967, JC-130A USAF 54-1626 was selected for conversion into the prototype AC-130A gunship (Project Gunship II). The modifications were done at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by the Aeronautical Systems Division. A direct view night vision telescope was installed in the forward door, an early forward looking infrared (FLIR) in the forward part of the left wheel well, and Gatling guns fixed facing down and aft along the left side. The analog fire control computer prototype was handcrafted by RAF Wing Commander Tom Pinkerton at the USAF Avionics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB. Flight testing of the prototype was performed primarily at Eglin Air Force Base, followed by further testing and modifications. By September 1967, the aircraft was certified ready for combat testing and was flown to Nha Trang Air Base, South Vietnam for a 90 day test program.[5] The AC-130 was later supplemented by the AC-119 Shadow (Project Gunship III), which later proved to be underpowered.

AC-130 Spectre Gunship Minecraft Map

An AC-130U firing flares

Seven more warplanes were converted to the "Plain Jane" configuration like the AC-130 prototype in 1968,[7] and one aircraft received the "Surprise Package" equipment in 1969.[8] Surprise Package included the latest 20 mm rotary cannons and 40 mm Bofors cannon but no 7.62 mm close support armament. Surprise Package served as a test bed for the avionic systems and armament for the AC-130E.

In 1970, ten more AC-130As were acquired under the "Pave Pronto" project.[9] In the summer of 1971, Surprise Package equipped AC-130s were converted to the Pave Pronto configuration and assumed their new nickname 'Thor'. Conversion of C-130Es into AC-130Es for the "PAVE Spectre" project followed.[10][11]

Regardless of their project names the aircraft were more commonly referred to by the squadron's call sign 'Spectre'.
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02/28/2017 5:30 am
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enemy AC 1 30 Above !!!
12/15/2014 12:09 pm
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What pack?
04/25/2014 5:34 am
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10/02/2013 2:48 am
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Very cool. wings could use a bit more shape though (just my opinion)
08/20/2013 11:40 am
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I fixed it, i used MCEdit to change the blocks to gray wool
08/24/2013 1:34 am
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Good, sorry about theinconvenience.
08/18/2013 8:41 pm
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for some reason, when i put the schematic in my world, the fuselage and wings dono t show up, and the blocks are not there, only the interior is there and the redstone. fix it please
08/19/2013 11:51 pm
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Are you using 1.6.2?? The clay is what STEALTHy and i used in it and the new Clay update is only in 1.6.2
08/18/2013 8:21 am
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Neat :D
08/17/2013 5:13 pm
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Very cool, but the wings are too flat. :)
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