AC-130 Spectre Historical

AC-130 Spectre Historical (HM1XSQ)

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 28.031', W 86° 33.714'

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The C-130 gunship was a new weapon system in an old airframe. The high-wing design of this aircraft and its large capacity made it especially suited as a gunship. Having the guns below the wings eliminated the basic problem of the AC-47, also the large C-130 could carry more for its heavier weapons.
There was a number that one model or another chalked up. Spectre was operationally tested here at Eglin AFB, FL from June to September 1967. It initially deployed to Nha Trang AB, Vietnam on 20 September 1967, and flew its first combat mission on September 27th. Its first truck busting mission was flown November 8, 1967, all A-model gunships were assigned to the 8th TFW which became the 16th SOS. During Vietnam, gunships destroyed more than 10,000 trucks and were credited with many life-saving close air support missions.
This AC-130A S/N 53-3129 is the first C-130 to come off the production line in 1953, and was the original prototype of what was to become a long line of C-130 aircraft, it is affectionately dubbed "The First Lady". It was one of five AC-130A gunships retired during an official ceremony, the other aircraft went to the storage. The 711th Special Operations Squadron of the 919th Special Operations Wing at Duke Field, FL was the last unit to fly this magnificent aircraft prior to its retirement on
10 September 1995. After 40 years of faithful service to its country.
Specifications
Manufacturer Lockheed Aircraft Corp
Thrust     Four — Allison T56-A-9 Turboprop engines rated at 3,750 shaft horsepower each
Length     96 ft 10 in
Height     38 ft 6 in
Wingspan     132 ft 7 in
Weight     69,300 lbs Empty / 155,000 lbs Max
Speed     380 mph Max / 335 mph Cruise
Range     2,500 miles w/o refueling
Ceiling     33,000 ft
Armament Two — 7.62mm Mini-guns, Two — 20mm Vulcan cannons and Two — 40mm Bofors cannons on the A Model     H Models have Two — 20mm Vulcan cannons, One — 40mm Bofors cannon and One — 105mm M102 Howitzer cannon     U Models have One — 25mm GAU-12 Gatling gun, One — 40mm Bofors cannon and One — 105mm M102 Howitzer cannon
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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HM NumberHM1XSQ
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Date Added Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542054 N 3370636
Decimal Degrees30.46718333, -86.56190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 28.031', W 86° 33.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 28' 1.86" N, 86° 33' 42.84" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base FL 32542, US
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