“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Lockheed AC-130A

Spectre Gunship

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By Craig Baker, April 18, 2021
1. Lockheed AC-130A Marker
The C-130 was originally designed as an assault transport capable of operating from unpaved, hastily prepared airstrips. On August 23, 1954, the Hercules made its first flight, and by 1976 more than 1,200 C-130s had been ordered, including ones equipped for radar weather mapping and reconnaissance, mid-air space capsule recovery, search and rescue, ambulance service, drone launching, and mid-air refueling of helicopters. The C-130 could transport up to 92 combat troops and their gear or 45,000 pounds of cargo. Where facilities were inadequate, the Hercules could deliver its cargo by parachute or by low altitude ground-cable extraction without landing.

Twenty-eight C-130s were converted to side-firing gunships, primarily for night attacks against ground targets. This AC-130A was modified at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, by the Aircraft Modification Division of the 4950th Test Wing as the prototype for the gunship version and was initially equipped with four 20mm and four 7.62 multi-barrel guns, a searchlight and target sensors. After testing in Southeast Asia in 1967, it was used as a test bed for additional armament,
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By Craig Baker, April 18, 2021
2. Lockheed AC-130A
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sensor and fire control development. Later AC-130 gunships mounted improved sensors, a digital fire control computer and heavier armament.

Technical Notes
Engines: Four Allison T-56-A-11 turboprops of 4,050 hp each.
Maximum speed: 380 mph.
Range: 2,500 miles.
Weight: 124,200 lbs maximum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam.
Location. 39° 47.055′ N, 84° 6.497′ W. Marker is near Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Spaatz Street just south of Bong Street, on the left when traveling south. Located near the National Museum of the Air Force. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton OH 45431, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Belly Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); American Air Forces in England, WWII (within shouting distance of this marker); 8th Air Force Control Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); 44th Bomb Group (H) (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The Mighty Eighth" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Order of Daedalians (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fourth Fighter Group Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); China Burma India Hump Aircrews (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
More about this marker. A newer AC-130 is on display inside the museum.
Lockheed AC-130A image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 18, 2021
3. Lockheed AC-130A
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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