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  • 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 AC-130U is one of the Air Force’s premiere
  • 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
  • 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 escort and point-air defense. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • 1 SOW Commander brings in the new J

    An MC-130J Commando II lands on the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 11, 2016. This aircraft is scheduled to be modified into an AC-130J Ghostrider gunshipin the coming months. The Ghostrider’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kentavist Brackin)
  • Air Commandos arm a C-130

    Air Commandos from the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Unit perform a foreign object debris walk at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 20, 2016. Performing a FOD walk ensures no debris is on the flightline that could cause damage to aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain)
  • Hurlburt’s second J-model gunship arrives

    An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship, Block 20 model, arrives at Hurlburt Field, Fla., for the first time July 18, 2016. This aircraft is the first of 21 AC-130Js with the 105mm canon modification scheduled to be delivered here. The AC-130J Ghostrider's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force
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