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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Visit: Airpark in Winter - Lockheed AC-130A Gunship II (Spectre)

By Fred Harl
A recent whirlwind tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on a snowy Midwestern winter day produced some interesting views of the aircraft in the Airpark outside of the main museum.  The Lockheed AC-130A Gunship II (originally dubbed Gunboat) was JC-130A 54-1626, the first one of a series of early airframes converted to gunships at Wright-Patterson AFB, and was tested in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968.  The aircraft, armed with 20mm cannon, performed reasonably well, and further modifications to the fire control system combined with heavier armament produced a very effective platform for use in the remainder of the Vietnam War and later conflicts.  Here are some views of the aircraft during the winter visit:



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