Lockheed AC-130 Gunship

The Lockheed/Boeing AC-130 Gunship is among the most heavily armed ground-attack aircraft in the world. The United States Air Force uses this Lockheed-built airframe to attack ground targets using weapons ranging from a 25mm Gatling gun to a 105mm howitzer.

Working mainly as close air support of fighting forces on the ground, these large planes are a part of the Air Forces Special Operations Command. It is a fixed-wing airplane that is outfitted for fighting by the defense contracting arm of Boeing. My research shows about 25 planes in active service.

The AC-130 Gunship has defensive armor to protect its heroic crew of 13 against harm from external threats.

Some video of the plane in action:

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