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Last I heard they had put the USMC gunship project to bed. Has anyone heard anything different?

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It has been replaced by a AC-747, flown personally by the "anointed One" himself.

He is the worst micromanager ever.

RZ HIll

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With all the problems that the AC-130U +4 program had with the testing of the 30mm bushmaster gun (rumored), why does the USMC think it will work in their K/AC-130J concept????????

Engine Mike

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With all the problems that the AC-130U +4 program had with the testing of the 30mm bushmaster gun (rumored), why does the USMC think it will work in their K/AC-130J concept????????

Engine Mike

Good point!

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With all the problems that the AC-130U +4 program had with the testing of the 30mm bushmaster gun (rumored), why does the USMC think it will work in their K/AC-130J concept????????

Engine Mike

Perhaps something was learned from the +4 program?

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Hope they choose better ammo than plus four had for their tests. Also, where the gun(s) are mounted will make a big difference.

There is a strong 68hz vibration forward of the props on 4-blade airplanes, although that may be different on 6-blades. I haven't seen the numbers on the J-models yet.

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The 25mm on the U-model works just fine! Maybe they can do it without Boeings help

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The Bushmaster was to replace the maintenance intensive 25mm gatlin, and the parts scarse 40mm Bolfours. If the vibration is that bad in the forward position them maybe they only should be used in the Bolfour's position.

Food For Thought,

Engine Mike

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It had the same problem in the # 2 position just my opinion possibly something with the mount Boeing used

Edited by Ronc

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How's the vibe with the new 8-bladed prop and electronic valve housing?

Undersand there's 2 gunships already fitted - anyone confirm? Rumor is Gunships get 'em, then Talons.

Edited by US Herk

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It has been replaced by a AC-747, flown personally by the "anointed One" himself.

He is the worst micromanager ever.

RZ HIll

Now you are really doing someone a disfavor with that statement!

You totally disregarded that assklown Gate's, after all you look at obongo's butt and all you see is gate's shoes:eek:

Dan

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Air Force Special Operations Command will stick with the C-130 to fill its gunship gap after its plan to acquire and convert light cargo planes fell apart in the sweeping budget changes announced last month.

AFSOC flies two dozen AC-130 gunships and will grow the force by converting an unknown number of MC-130W Combat Spears, a night-flying Special Operations Command support plane outfitted with aerial refueling tanks.

The MC-130W was instituted in 2006 to replace combat losses of the MC-130E/H Combat Talon, which was used mainly for snake-eater air drops.

AC-130s are in high demand in Iraq and Afghanistan, and finding more gunship capability is a top priority for Special Operations Command, Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters May 7.

AFSOC had all but sealed a deal to acquire 16 C-27s as part of the Joint Cargo Aircraft program until Army funding for the program was stripped from the fiscal 2010 budget.

But the MC-130W has important advantages over the JCA, according to Vice Adm. Steve Stanley, director for force structure, resources and assessment.

“They’re aircraft that exist,†Stanley said at the same budget briefing. “They’re already plumbed for the refueling capability, which will provide them the time on station that, in this case, SOCOM requires.â€

According to data from the Air Force, AFSOC plans to acquire 12 of the non-gunship MC-130Ws.

AFSOC has confirmed the gunship plan but did not give specifics as to what the weapon configuration would be on the Combat Spear or the number of gunships AFSOC will convert.

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Wow, maybe my old girl will become a gunship. Back when we lost our 88's the rumor was that most were going to become gunships.

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"The MC-130W was instituted in 2006 to replace combat losses of the MC-130E/H Combat Talon, which was used mainly for snake-eater air drops."

Since when did we lose an MC-130Es in recent combat.....didn't think so.

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"The MC-130W was instituted in 2006 to replace combat losses of the MC-130E/H Combat Talon, which was used mainly for snake-eater air drops."

Since when did we lose an MC-130Es in recent combat.....didn't think so.

The last MC-130E loss was many years ago in the PI on a night NVG approach

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