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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

AC-130 Spectre

“The Ultimate End”

 
 
AC-130 Spectre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. AC-130 Spectre Marker
Inscription. The AC-130 Spectre gunship evolved into the most heavily armed aircraft in history. It has a distinguished history and was used extensively in a multitude of roles during the Vietnam conflict. The AC-130 also flew combat during the USS Mayaguez incident and during Operations Urgent Fury, Frequent Wind, Just Cause, and Desert Storm. This aircraft memorial honors tradition, courage, and sacrifice of the personnel who maintained and flew Spectre gunships in the defense of freedom and especially commemorates all aircrew members who gave their lives flying in defense of freedom loving people everywhere.
 
Erected 1995 by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.899′ N, 86° 42.009′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Independence Road. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Combat Talon / Here Am I; Send Me. Isaiah 6:8 (here, next to this marker); Operation Just Cause (within shouting
AC-130A Spectre aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. AC-130A Spectre aircraft.
distance of this marker); MC-130E Combat Talon I (within shouting distance of this marker); First Lieutenant James Phillip Fleming (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); AT-28D Trojan (within shouting distance of this marker); A-37 "Dragonfly" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Regarding AC-130 Spectre.

AC-130A tail #56-0509 history:

The Ultimate End was accepted by the USAF on 28 Feb 1957 and modified to an AC-130A configuration on 27 Jul 1970. Participating in Vietnam and the rescue of the USS Mayaguez. Assigned to Duke Field it
flew in support of Operations DESERT STORM and UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. Thirty six years and seven months of service from the date of its acceptance the Ultimate End retired from active service on 1 Oct 1994 and was dedicated at the airpark, Hurlburt Field on 4 May 1995.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Museum of the Air Force Factsheet on the AC-130A. (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. USAF History Factsheet on the Mayaguez Incident. (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. AC-130A Spectre Factsheet from Hurlburt Field. (Submitted on November 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, Vietnam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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