Lockheed AC-130A 'Hercules'

Notes: C-130A modified as gunship.
  Base model:C-130
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1925-1962
  Basic role:Transport
  Modified Mission:Tactical support
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  Length: 97' 8" 29.7 m
  Height:38' 5" 11.7 m
  Wingspan: 132' 6" 40.3 m
  Wingarea: 1,745.5 sq ft 162.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 59,328 lb 26,906 kg
  Gross Weight: 108,000 lb 48,979 kg
  Max Weight: 124,200 lb 56,326 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Allison T56-A-11
  Horsepower (each): 4050

  Range: 2,090 miles 3,365 km
  Cruise Speed: 328 mph 528 km/h 285 kt
  Max Speed: 383 mph 616 km/h 332 kt
  Climb: 2,570 ft/min 783 m/min
  Ceiling: 41,300 ft 12,588 m

Examples of this type may be found at
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
USAF Armament MuseumEglin AFBFlorida
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

AC-130A on display

Museum of Aviation

United States Air Force Museum

USAF Armament Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Jeff Noecker
 , NY
For more info on the AC-130A and the follow-on models, please visit the Spectre Web Site at http://www.spectre-association.org/ There, you will find more gunship photos, history, and war stories than you can shake a stick at.
11/30/2009 @ 14:24 [ref: 25359]
 Morrison, Bobby
 Ft. Myers, FL
AC-130's, what a pain in the butt. Every time one of them would land at Nha Trang, VN1968, we would get hit that night. I worked on "Black" C-123's of Operation Duck Hook for the first 6 months or so of "68". We flew only at night and flew several TDY's to NKP, Thailand. I was transferred to the transient alert on base, due to a personality conflict, and refueled the AC-130's quite a few times. I remember there was a large foldour picture on the inside of the refueling door on the right side of the acft. She was one of the most beautiful natural redheads I had ever seen.
07/06/2005 @ 17:16 [ref: 10686]
 donald Branscom
 Guerneville,, CA
I was a jet engine mechanic in the 374th field maintence squadren at Naha AFB Okinawa.
If any of you remember that Plane 0516 that went down near Okinawa and 14 airmen were lost- NTSB (says11)
let me know thanks. Like to know what really happened.

07/01/2005 @ 02:02 [ref: 10637]
 John L. Stroud
 Birmingham, AL
I worked along side with Alexander Cilli over in Ubon Thailand from 1969 to 1970 on sister gunship 54-1627 (known as Gomer Grinder) under crew chief Joseph C. Hughes. I also worked on 54-1627 and the other gunships (AC-130 & AC-119 models) in the 1st SOW (415th SOTS) st Hurlburt Field (Eglin Aux Field 9), Florida from 1971 to 1973. I again worked the Gunships as an Air Reserve Technican at Duke Fld, Fl (Eglin Aux Fild 3) in 919 CAMS from 1975 to 1985. The AC-130A's were converted from Aeroproduct propellers (3 blades) to Hamilton Standard propellers (4 blades) around 1980 due to the shortage of Aeroproduct Propellers. The AC-130 gunship airplane was at the top of the line for its conventional battlefield platform package & orbiting capabilities. The AC-130 was also easy to maintain.
11/13/2002 @ 14:08 [ref: 6067]
 Alex Cilli
 Rockaway,, NJ
I crewed on an AC-130 in Thialand. It was 53-3129. The AC-130A in the Photo was also in our squadron. I'm glad to see it preserved along with 53-3129.
11/28/2001 @ 18:07 [ref: 3732]
 John Lameck
 Windsor, ON
Yes there are versions primarily the E-130E/H and MC-130E/H which are equipped for aerial refueling. These can be refueled in flight by either the KC-135 or KC-10 aircraft.
If what I've heard is right, all Special Operations AC/MC-130 are aerial refuelable as well.
One 193 Special Operations Wing [PA ANG] EC-130E flew competely around the world during the War in the Gulf in 1991.
08/30/2000 @ 18:38 [ref: 685]
 A Enriquez
 , OR
Were any of the C-130 models ever equipped for aerial refueling? If so, could they be refueled by a KC-135?
06/09/2000 @ 02:22 [ref: 291]


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