Lockheed AC-130 gunship is heavy ground attack bomber. The default version was manufactured by
Lockheed and Boeing had remodeled it into a gunship. It comes from a C-130 Hercules transport airplane.
Gunship is being used by a U.S. Air Force which uses AC-130H Spectre and AC-130U Spooky variants.
In service can be seen also AC-130A Project Gunship II, AC-130 A Pave Spectre, AC-130E Pave Aegis,
AC-130H Pave Spectre II, AC-130U Spooky gunship.
AC-130 is powered by four turbo engines and is armed with heavy bombs and 20 mm Gatling guns.
Its crew consist of twelve or thirteen men. US Air Force use it for close air support and force protection.
That means supporting ground troops, escorting convoys, defending civil and military facilities.
Spooky way first used during the Vietnam War to improve gunship endurance capabilities. It was
also in operate during invasion of Panama, Operating Urgent Fury (Grenada) and many more. Airplane
is being upgraded all the time with top technology gadgets and weapons. From 120mm mortars to AGM-114
Hellfire missiles to the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System and Viper Strike glide bomb. All
this demands are used in wars around the globe.
AC-130 variants can be used in all weather conditions and at night, as it uses infrared sensors, radar
and AN/APQ-180 synthetic aperture radar for long-range target detection and identification.
Crew: 12 or 13 people
Wing area: 162,2m^2
Loaded weight: 55,520kg
Max takeoff weight: 69,750kg
Power: 4× Allison T56 turboprop engines
Max speed: 480 km/h (300 mph)
Range: 4070 km (2530 mi)
Service ceiling: 9,100m (30000 ft)