a U.S. Air Force video offers a rare glimpse inside an AC-130 "Spooky II" gunship during a live-fire exercise over Florida. The video includes handling of the gunship's unique weapon systems, some of which are nearly 100 years old but still very deadly.
The Spooky II is a C-130 transport aircraft converted to an attack role for close air support and armed reconnaissance. The AC-130U has a crew of thirteen, including four gunners. Gunships spend a lot of time supporting special forces on the ground, and are currently in combat against Islamic State. In one recent high-profile mission, four AC-130s teamed up with a pair of A-10 Warthogs to destroy 116 vehicles in an IS fuel convoy.
The gunship has three primary weapon systems, all mounted on the port side, allowing the aircraft to circle a target and bring all three big guns to bear. The first, a 25-millimeter GAU-12 "Equalizer" gatling gun, is a version of the cannon that arms the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The GAU-12 can fire both High Explosive-Incendiary (HP-I) and Armor Piercing-Incendiary (AP-I) rounds, effective against enemy personnel, structures, and light vehicles.

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