Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Puff!

Saw this beauty at Eglin the other day, too.

Looks like any other World War Two-vintage C-47 cargo plane, doesn't it?
You could think that...but you'd be wrong. Look at the left side.
Mini-guns. Three of them. It's an AC-47 gunship, a.k.a. "Spooky", a.k.a. "Puff the Magic Dragon"
These two-decade-old cargo birds really put the beat-down on the bad guys and were total game-changers when they came into use.


You even see one in John Wayne's The Green Berets at about 1:09 into this clip:




I SO wanted to do something like this with my Cessna and my M-60, but for some reason, the FAA has a rule against it.

12 comments:

  1. The FAA failed to understand our need of the M-60 on your Cessna

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  2. Loved the B 17, enjoyed the blow torch, but this is my idea of a proper aircraft. Old Slow and Deadly. When I win the lottery a DC3/C47 is on my list,and these days the gunship version makes a lot of sense. Of course a gun nosed B25 would work too.

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    1. The A-26 Invader was the ultimate, but that's way down the line yet.

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    2. I was thinking along the lines of clearing 270....So yeah, an A 26 would work fine.

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  3. Would you settle for a custom paint job and some LEDs that blink rapidly?

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    1. Naw...got to be real, so I can rain down justice on the evil-doers below.

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  4. I don't think I have ever seen a Cessna with a twin fifty ball turret, maybe you could crowd fund a conversion?
    That would be cool.

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  5. Go for it. We won't tell. Oh yeah, train up Murphy as the gunner.

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  6. Saw Puff working out near Bien Hoa one night. Hear the plane, see the tracers and then the noise. Sure glad I wasn't in the target zone.

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  7. Eglin or Hurlburt?! Hurlburt has a mother lode of unique aircraft on static display (Air Commando after all).

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    1. These are Eglin...but I didn't miss Hurlburt. Stick around.

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