The U.S. Air Force has begun moving heavily armed AC-130 airplanes — the lethal “flying gunships” of the Vietnam War — to a base in Iraq as commanders search for new tools to counter the Iraqi resistance, The Associated Press has learned.
So these planes are from VietNam? Really. New tools? AC-130s are designed for two missions, exterminating the convoys on the Ho Chi Hinh Trail and precisely obliterating a target when friendly forces are danger close. During the 1972 Easter Offensive, an AC-130 fired rounds at North VietNamese forces that were within yards of friendly ARVN forces. So an AC-130 orbiting at night surveying the landscape can easily spot terrorists up to no good and blast them without worrying about blowing up the mosque these killers were using to store the weapons. Sounds like a good idea to me.
The Iraq-based special forces command controlling the AC-130s, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, said it would have no comment on the deployment. But the plan’s general outline was confirmed by other Air Force officers, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the subject.
Of course the military is not going to confirm these things for you like location of the planes. If they do then they confirm such planes really are in theatre which will cause Mohammed the Mortar Guru to salivate as he lays that 81mm mortar on an airfield because nailing an AC-130 on the ground is major brownie points and reduces his chances of being ventilated.
And they should have fact-checked their story.
The left-side ports of the AC-130s, 98-foot-long planes that can slowly circle over a target for long periods, bristle with a potent arsenal — 40 mm cannon that can fire 120 rounds per minute, and big 105 mm cannon, normally a field artillery weapon. The plane’s latest version, the AC-130U, known as “Spooky,” also carries Gatling gun-type 20 mm cannon.
The 40mm Bofors is not on the newest AC-130s, the U model. AndyJ, is it possible to get 120 rounds a minute from a Bofors, feeding in those large four-round clips? M61A1 Vulcan Gatling guns have been on AC-130s since the first AC-130A flew. And since the E model, the 105mm gun has been standard armament, replacing on the E and H models one of the two Bofors. The U model is called the 'U-Boat' while AC-130s in general are called Spectres. Spooky referred to FC-47s/AC-47s that proved the gunship concept in VietNam with three 7.62mm Gatling guns firing out the left side.
Reporters are becoming truly pathetic, too lazy to even do background research because they 'know' what they know.