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  • Hurlburt Field Airpark Adventure: The AC-130U Spooky Gunship

    On May 19, 1997, the AC-130U Spooky gunship arrived at Hurlburt Field, Florida. This aircraft earned the nickname "Big Daddy" because it was the father of the AC-130U gunship fleet. Over the course of 23 years, the 4th Special Operations Squadron flew 7,236 combat hours and 1,392 sorties in "Big

  • 1st SOAMXS and 4th AMU Participate in Load Competition

    Air Commandos with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group participate in a load competition at Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 3, 2021. The 4th AMU and the 1st SOMXS participated in the event to maintain skillsets required for global special operations

  • 1st SOAMXS welcomes new commander

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Theresa Izell took command of the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 19, 2020. The mission of the 1st SOAMXS is to generate combat capability in the form of safe and reliable special mission aircraft such as the AC-130J Ghostrider

  • 4th Special Operations Squadron receives first AC-130J Ghostrider

    The new 4th SOS gunship is equipped with the Precision Strike Package, which includes a mission management console, a robust communications suite, two electro-optical/infrared sensors, advanced fire control equipment, a precision-guided munitions delivery capability, as well as trainable 30 mm and

  • 1st SOAMXS keeps AC-130U Spooky gunships ready to fly any time, any place

    Aerospace propulsion technicians with the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducted maintenance on an AC-130U Spooky gunship here, July 6. Aerospace propulsion technicians test, maintain and repair AC-130U engines, preparing them to execute the mission any time, any place. The

  • 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

  • 105mm loaded on AC-130J

    The AC-130J Ghostrider gunship is a highly modified C-130J aircraft, and fourth generation gunship that contains advanced features. The primary missions of the AC-130J are close-air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The close-air-support missions include troops in contact, convoy