The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is one of the most feared platforms flying, and with good reason. The Spooky (older versions are known as the Spectre) is a variant of the tested C-130 cargo plane. It packs an army's worth of weaponry: a 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer cannon, a Bofors 40mm auto-cannon, and one 105 mm M102 cannon which fires a shell more than four inches in diamater. Up to 13 members make up an AC-130 crew.
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