50 Years And Counting! The AC-130 Hercules Is Still Firing On All Cylinders
The C-130 Hercules is a truly badass plane. Designed originally as a cargo plane capable of takeoff and landing from any unprepared runway, it has evolved to fulfill several other roles.
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The basic airframe is built by Lockheed, with Boeing being responsible for the conversion into gunboat and aircraft support. The AC-130A Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Gunship I in the Vietnam War. After 50 years on service, seeing this bad boy in the firing range is always a pleasure.
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