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AC-130 "Spooky"
PLEASE RATE AND COMMENT! Because if you dont, I'll get depressed and think that my creations are no good and will to die because people think my LEGO models suck... Isn't that horrible? _____________________________________________________________________________ This is a real aircraft, but im going to use it for my country Andora in the group/game Conflict. _____________________________________________________________________________ The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily-armed ground-attack aircraft. The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed, and Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support. It is a variant of the C-130 Hercules transport plane. The AC-130A Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Gunship I during the Vietnam War. The gunship's sole user is the United States Air Force, which uses AC-130H Spectre and AC-130U Spooky variants. The AC-130H "Spectre" is powered by four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops and is armed with two 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannons, one Bofors 40mm autocannon, and one 105 mm M102 cannon. The upgraded AC-130U "Spooky" has a single 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer in place of the Spectre's twin 20 mm cannons, as well as an improved fire control system and increased capacity for ammunition. It has a standard crew of twelve or thirteen airmen, including five officers (two pilots, a navigator, an electronic warfare officer and a fire control officer) and enlisted personnel (flight engineer, sensor operators, aerial gunners and a loadmaster). The US Air Force uses the AC-130 gunships for close air support, air interdiction, air missions, bombing raid, and force protection. Close air support roles include supporting ground troops, escorting convoys, and flying urban operations. Air interdiction missions are conducted against planned targets and targets of opportunity. Force protection missions include defending air bases and other facilities. Currently, AC-130U Spooky model gunships are stationed at Hurlburt Field in Northwest Florida and the AC-130H models are stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. The gunship squadrons are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), a component of United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). During the Vietnam War the C-130 Hercules was selected to replace the AC-47 Spooky Gunship I to improve gunship endurance capabilities and increase capacity to carry munitions In 1967, JC-130A USAF 54-1626 was selected for conversion into the prototype AC-130A gunship. The modifications were done at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by the Aeronautical Systems Division. A direct view night vision telescope was installed in the forward door, an early forward looking infrared (FLIR) in the forward part of the left wheel well, and Gatling guns fixed facing down and aft along the left side. The analog fire control computer prototype was handcrafted by RAF Wing Commander Tom Pinkerton at the USAF Avionics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB. Flight testing of the prototype was subsequently performed primarily at Eglin Air Force Base, followed by further testing and modifications. By September 1967, the aircraft was certified ready for combat testing and was flown to Nha Trang Air Base, South Vietnam for a 90 day test program. The AC-130 was later supplemented by the AC-119 Shadow Gunship III, which later proved underpowered. Seven more aircraft were converted to the "Plain Jane" configuration like the AC-130 prototype in 1968, and one aircraft received the "Surprise Package" equipment in 1969. Surprise Package included the latest 20 mm Gatling-style cannons and 40 mm Bofors cannon but no 7.62 mm close support armament. Surprise Package served as a test bed for the avionic systems and armament for the AC-130E. In 1970, ten more AC-130As were acquired under the "Pave Pronto" project. In the summer of 1971, Surprise Package equipped AC-130s were converted to the Pave Pronto configuration and assumed their new nickname 'Thor'. Conversion of C-130Es into AC-130Es for the "PAVE Spectre" project followed. Regardless of their project names, the aircraft were more commonly referred to by the squadron's call sign 'Spectre'. Recent and planned upgradesIn 2007, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) initiated a program to upgrade the armament of AC-130s. The test program planned for the 25 mm GAU-12/U and 40 mm Bofors cannon on the AC-130U gunships to be replaced with two 30 mm Mk 44 Bushmaster II cannon. In 2007, the Air Force modified four AC-130U gunships as test platforms for the Bushmasters. These were referred to as AC-130U Plus 4 or AC-130U+4. However, AFSOC canceled its plans to install the new cannons on its fleet of AC-130Us. It has since removed the guns and re-installed the original 40 mm cannon and returned the planes to combat duty. Brigadier General Bradley A. Heithold, AFSOC's director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments, said on 11 August 2008 that the effort was canceled because of problems with the Bushmaster's accuracy in tests "at the altitude we were employing it". There were also schedule considerations that drove the decision, he said. There are also plans to possibly replace the M102 howitzer with a breech-loading 120 mm mortar, and to give the AC-130 a standoff capability using either the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (based on the Hydra 70 rocket), or the Viper Strike glide bomb. The Air Force awarded L-3 Communications a $61 million contract to add weapons packages to eight MC-130W Combat Spear special-mission aircraft to give them a gunship-like attack capability. L-3 will provide weapons kits, named "precision strike packages", for installation on the aircraft at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Georgia. MC-130Ws fitted with the weapons will be known as Dragon Spears. Air Force Special Operations Command is arming these aircraft to relieve the high operational demands on its regular AC-130 gunships until new AC-130Js enter the fleet. The Air Force plans to launch an initiative in Fiscal 2011 to acquire 16 new gunships based on modified, new-build MC-130J special operations tankers that are outfitted with a "precision strike package" to give them an attack capability, according to newly released budget documents and defense officials. The Air Force is requesting $1.6 billion from Fiscal 2011 through 2015 for this recapitalization. These aircraft would increase the size of the Air Force's highly taxed gunship fleet to 33 aircraft, a net increase of eight, after accounting for the planned retirement of eight aging AC-130Hs. The first aircraft would be bought in Fiscal 2012, followed by two in Fiscal 2013, five in Fiscal 2014, and the final eight in Fiscal 2015. The decision to stick with the C-130s to fill the need came after funding to acquire 16 C-27Js was stripped from the fiscal 2010 budget. It is not yet known what the J-model conversion will be called when converted into a gunship platform. Recent operations The United States used gunships during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (2001– ), and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq (2003–2010). In 2007 U.S. Special Operations forces used the AC-130 in attacks on suspected al-Qaeda militants in Somalia. The AC-130H has a unit cost of US$132.4 million, and the AC-130U a unit cost of US$190 million (fiscal 2001 constant dollars). Currently there are eight AC-130H and seventeen AC-130U aircraft in active duty service. _____________________________________________________________________________ Sorry about haw all the information is unparagraphed, apparenty the "Contine>" button dosnt like like the "Enter" bar so this is all smooshamagiggered together.
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  June 7, 2012
I like it except that the wings are a little small
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  March 2, 2012
nice
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  February 20, 2012
Whoa. Holy cow. THis is so amazing!!!!!
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  December 15, 2011
Quoting Dragon Rider . wow, how long did it take you to build this moc of awesomeness?
A few months because I ran out of underside slat pieces and had to make a bricklink order. they took FOREVER to get pieces around the holidays last year
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  December 14, 2011
wow, how long did it take you to build this moc of awesomeness?
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  October 24, 2011
Quoting Lt. Boone (formerly Daniel Boone) hey david, on the conflict mineral flag, can Svedakistan have a little more uranium for nuclear testing. and also, would Andora like to make an Alliance with Svedakistan?
i already added more uranium, you have two, if you think you need more, ill have to add it to the land outside of your country and you'll have to capture it. there is some uranium that is uncaptured right now at U-6 that you could capture navaly. I ve made out a stratagy for you for capturing land, right now i suggest getting U-13, T-10, U-10, V-11, U-9 by air and U-6 by sea. I would also suggest asking if you can capture three extra air and sea spaces because you the smallest country right now, if you can, grab T-9, U-8 and V-6.
  October 20, 2011
hey david, on the conflict mineral flag, can Svedakistan have a little more uranium for nuclear testing. and also, would Andora like to make an Alliance with Svedakistan?
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  October 20, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert also the wing's should be mounted on top of the fuselage and also longer
The wings should be on top, but I didnt have the right pieces to suport the wings if they were on top. i do now, so if I ever remake it, they'll be on top. about the short thing, it almost minifig scale bit not quite, it should be still a bit bigger, i didnt have the pieces to make it minifig scale then, and I think ill still come a little short even now.
David Cook
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Josh Guilbert
  October 19, 2011
also the wing's should be mounted on top of the fuselage and also longer
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  October 7, 2011
DDUUUUUDDDEE.....
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  October 4, 2011
Dude, this thing is huge!!
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  October 2, 2011
Quoting Josh Guilbert its AC-130 Spooky or Spectre not Lockheed lol
your right, it is a spooky. but there are 3 AC's, Lockheed (named after the company that made it), spooky and spectre. mine is a spooky.
David Cook
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Josh Guilbert
  September 30, 2011
its AC-130 Spooky or Spectre not Lockheed lol
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  September 27, 2011
What a big plane! With quite a lot weaponry!
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  August 7, 2011
I love this thing. it is so cool. will you look at my creations?
David Cook
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A Dying Breed (Formerly Chris Blizard)
  March 16, 2011
Were you the guy who was wondering what my AC-130 looked like because I didn't have pictures? Cuz it looked alot like yours. Great!
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  February 25, 2011
EPICNESS!!!
 
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