Saturday, February 24, 2007


Top left: A crewman loads a shell into the breech of the howitzer.

Top right: Another of the gunship's armaments was the "Rapid Fire" 40 mm cannon, which a gunner is seen loading.


This U.S. Airforce AC 130 gunship was the deadly weapon which made it possible to finish the "war" almost before it began. Called "Specter"; the specially adapted plane, equipped with sophisticated infra red detection and targetting devices, inflicted much of the initial heavy damage.

The Specter gunship on the ground at Howard Air Force Base, displays its 150 mm howitzer.

Copyright 1990. Focus Publications, El Dorado.


Anonymous said...

As a former Spectre gunner I read most of what I find about my gunships. One of the most common mistakes is the spelling in the articles. It's Spectre NOT Specter.

They WERE a lot of fun to fly with in Laos and Cambodia (we weren't really there).

De'on Miller said...

Thank you so much for your comment, and of course, for your service.

I remember reading the correct spelling in one place, so when I got to this photo, it surprised me, but since I copied it, I went with their spelling, though I wouldn't have known.

Thank you. And especially thank you for not really being in Laos and Cambodia.

If I could, I'd give you a big hug. You guys from Vietnam are the absolute best!