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Staff Sgt. Alex Almarales, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, conducts preflight inspections of an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 4th SOS aircrew fire for readiness
Air Commandos with the 4th Special Operations Squadron conducted a live-fire training mission in an AC-130U Spooky gunship at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take
0 4/18
2017
Parachutes line the tables as aircrew flight equipment specialists with the 4th Special Operations Squadron prepare to pack them at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 25, 2017. Aircrew flight equipment specialists are responsible for maintaining flight equipment such as helmets, oxygen masks, harnesses and all life-saving equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Dreams never fade
On the morning of her son’s third birthday, a mother woke up and began her daily routine. Like other days, she started her day with a run on her treadmill. As she finished her run, she took a moment to regain her breath and watch the morning news.The news that morning showed something she had never seen before.Two aircraft were hijacked and flown
0 2/09
2017
“Wicked Wanda” an AC-130H Spectre gunship taxis for the last time after serving 43 years with the 16th Special Operations Squadron and 4th SOS on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2014. “Wicked Wanda” flew her last flight here Dec. 19, and is scheduled to officially retire to the Hurlburt Field Air Park in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree W. Moye) “Wicked Wanda” flies final mission
Often described as low, slow and discreetly lethal, “Wicked Wanda” flew her last flight here Dec. 19, and is scheduled to officially retire in 2015.  This historical AC-130H Spectre gunship has deployed in nearly every conflict the U.S. has been involved in, officially and unofficially, since the end of the Vietnam War.  There were many missions
0 12/23
2014
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