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Josh asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 9 years ago

What does AC130 stand for?

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  • 9 years ago
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    A - aircraft

    C - cargo

    130 - 130th model of Cargo plane in US Army service since 1924.

    It is a bit more convoluted that than, and I will try to explain how...

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    In 1924 the US Army Airforce adopted a coding system for Aircraft. Each aircraft had a prefix dependent on the aircrafts role, followed by the model number (sequential).

    The prefixes were:

    A - attack

    B - bomber ( this originally was LB - light bomber, B - medium bomber HB - heavy bomber)

    C - cargo

    P - pursuit ( this became F for fighter plane in 1948)

    O - observer

    OA - observer amphibian

    over time new codes were added like

    Q - target / drone

    BLR - bomber long range

    R - Rotary that became H for helicopter

    X - for test

    AT - for trainer

    In 1956 the Army created a unified system in which all aircraft had a two letter prefix:

    The first letter was for the aircraft type:

    A - fixed wing aircraft

    H - helicopter

    V - V/STOL

    followed by a mission letter:

    C - cargo

    O - observer

    F - fighter

    U - utility

    E - electronic warfare

    This system was replaced in 1962, but the Unified system back coded many models so that some older models still in use retained their old codes, and lower numbers were filled with newer aircraft (like the P series where the P-3 Orion first flown in 1959 is before the P-4 Privateer first flown in 1943).

    Also in 1962 Fighter Aircraft were split between

    A - attack (or strike fighters)

    F - fighter (or defensive fighters)

    that was well and good until the F/A-18 hornet, that is both Attack and Fighter (and in many ways neither). Today though because of less centralisation in the military (as corporations control more of the design process) it is unlikely such short comings in the coding system will be fixed.

    For this reason Lockheed indeeds uses the old AC-130 designate for the C-130 Hercules, alluding to the fact that it can be configured as a Ground Attack aircraft.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The AC130 was a modified C130 (Hercules) cargo plane.

    The A stands for attack, the C stands for cargo and the 130 is the aircraft designation.

    The AC130 spectra or spooky was commonly refereed to as "Puff the magic dragon"

    There are different types of AC130's depending on what guns they carry. "Puff the Magic Dragon" carries 6 .308 caliber miniguns while the Spectres carry two miniguns 2 40mm cannons and a 80mm howitzer

    Source(s): ^_^
  • aldwin
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    4 years ago

    What Is An Ac 130

  • 9 years ago

    he Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily-armed ground-attack aircraft. The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed, and Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support.[1] It is a variant of the C-130 Hercules transport plane. The AC-130A Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Gunship I during the Vietnam War.

    The gunship's sole user is the United States Air Force, which uses AC-130H Spectre and AC-130U Spooky variants.[2] The AC-130H "Spectre" is powered by four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops and is armed with two 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannons, one Bofors 40mm autocannon, and one 105 mm M102 cannon. The upgraded AC-130U "Spooky" has a single 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer in place of the Spectre's twin 20 mm cannons, as well as an improved fire control system and increased capacity for ammunition. It has a standard crew of twelve or thirteen airmen, including five officers (two pilots, a navigator, an electronic warfare officer, and a fire control officer) and enlisted personnel (flight engineer, sensor operators, aerial gunners, and a loadmaster).

    The US Air Force uses the AC-130 gunships for close air support, air interdiction, air missions, bombing raid, and force protection. Close air support roles include supporting ground troops, escorting convoys, and flying urban operations. Air interdiction missions are conducted against planned targets and targets of opportunity. Force protection missions include defending air bases and other facilities. AC-130U Spooky gunships are stationed at Hurlburt Field in Northwest Florida and the AC-130H models are stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. The gunship squadrons are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), a component of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

    Role Fixed-wing gunship

    Manufacturer Lockheed and Boeing

    First flight AC-130A: 1966

    AC-130U: 1990

    Introduction AC-130A: 1968

    AC-130H: 1972

    AC-130U: 1995

    Retired AC-130A: 1995

    Status In service

    Primary user United States Air Force

    Number built 47 (in all variants)

    Unit cost AC-130H: US$132.4 million

    AC-130U: US$190 million (2002)

    Developed from Lockheed C-130 Hercules

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  • 9 years ago

    the a stands for attack, and like others said the c stands for cargo.

    the spectra, spooky are the nicknames giving to it and it is also referred to as DFA (death from above)

    i lived by an AFB my entire life, im involved in the Air Force Auxiliary, Studied in military Aircraft and Aerospace and is enlisting in the USAF. trust me the base i live by has HC-130 (Hercules). we have had the spookys come by many times, and i have actually been inside one!

    Source(s): self experience
  • 7 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    AC130 is the nomenclature for an attack plane in the airforce. It is a gun ship with 20mm cannon, believe it is a tank busting airplane.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    AC130 is what they call it in Call of Duty it is actually call the "C-130 Hercules"

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