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The AC-130 gunship has been backing up special operators for 55 years, and it's still popping up in new countries

2 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

An AC-130U gunship launches flares near Hurlburt Field, Florida, August 20, 2008.
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Since the mid-1960s, AC-130 gunships have provided close air support for troops all over the world.
The AC-130's utility and effectiveness created a dynasty that's now on its sixth version.
"The sheer number of weapons options it brought to the battlefield was wild," a former Air Force combat controller told Insider.
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If you were to ask special operators about their favorite close-air-support aircraft, you would get two answers: the A-10 Thunderbolt...
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