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I just read in AF Magazine that 3 AC-130U's have been removed from service.
None have appeared at AMARG.
Last I heard all 17 were still flying at Hurlburt.
Anyone no what is going on and which ones might be parked?
Bob
 

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I do know that there are several MC-J's that will have the gunship mod in the future. Some are several years out though.

 

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Speaking of the AC-130U, can any of you gunship guys tell me what those 2 tubes are for below the empennage?

Don R.

 

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OOPS could not figure how to load pic.

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Thanks, Bob, I got it.  Now, what does it do?  I'm sure it's some defensive array.

Don R.

 

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The U-s aren't that old- some were converted from Nashville slicks within the last ten years. I wonder if it's a misprint.

​If the tails are 88-1301 -88-1308 they are former Charleston West birds.

 

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Those tubes are part of the defensive systems.

 

 Lot of shifting plans in the gunship world.  No U-boats or W's have been retired yet.  However they are on the chopping block, but when they go has a lot to do with the AC-J becoming operational.  Some U's were slated for this year but that has changed....the new number is less being retired this year.....don't know tail numbers.  AC-H is pretty much done...I think the last one gets bone-yarded in June....sad day.

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Speaking of the AC-130U, can any of you gunship guys tell me what those 2 tubes are for below the empennage?

Don R.

 

C-130GUNSHIPfromairliners.net1.jpg

​Those are the AAQ-24 DIRCM Missile Warning Sensor fairings (You can see the large DIRCM transmitter turret right above the 105 barrel)

The original three aircraft the sensor fairings were designed by Scaled Composites and looked natural.  The U-boat fairings were designed by another firm and are UGLY.

The Scaled fairings were used on the LAIRCM installations on MAF C-130s

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