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Puff the Magic Dragon, Spectre, The Big Gun, Death from Above, Spooky, Ghostrider.

Whatever you call it, the AC-130 gunship and it’s many variants have been putting a hurt on America’s enemies since Vietnam. The Global War of Terror (GWOT) is no different.

Here are a few “training aides” for those wanting to harm America and her allies:

1 – Patrolling in the mountains is fun and games until the mountain explodes all around you.

2 – Getting together with your friends for a meeting? How convenient!

3 – Operating at night? There’s an app for that!

Long story short? You can’t run, you can’t hide. All you can do is get identified as a target and get eliminated.

For fun, here’s the current weapons rundown, according to Wikipedia:

Weaponry is mounted to fire from the port side of the non-pressurised aircraft. During an attack the gunship performs a pylon turn, flying in a large circle around a target, allowing it to fire for far longer than conventional attack aircraft. The AC-130H Spectre was armed with two 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannons, one Bofors 40mm autocannon, and one 105 mm M102 cannon; after 1994 the 20 mm cannons were removed for most missions. The upgraded AC-130U “Spooky” has a single 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer in place of the Spectre’s twin 20 mm cannons, an improved fire control system, and increased ammunition capacity. New AC-130Js based on the MC-130J Combat Shadow II special operations tanker were planned as of 2012. The AC-130W is armed with one 30 mm Bushmaster cannon, AGM-176 Griffin missiles, and GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs.

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About Hunter Roosevelt

Hunter's political beliefs are always evolving. Not really. He can be seen supporting whichever side has the hotter women so it's almost always the conservative side (have you seen the hippy chicks? Gross). When he's not writing he's celebrating the resurgence of his beloved Florida Gators and New York Mets.