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pwillie
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USA
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Posted - 09/04/2014 :  11:11:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
...anyone here fly the C-47's with the Gatlin guns?... I can't remember how many guns and which side(I think port side) they were on..???

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CapnMidnight
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USA
7630 Posts

Posted - 09/04/2014 :  11:29:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Puff saved our butts on more than one occasion. Thank you to everyone who flew on a Puff crew.
W.D.

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kimi
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USA
43744 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2014 :  01:50:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Puff was bad, badder than Big Bad John and Leroy Brown. One round per square foot over the size of a football field, so it was said. 3 guns port side:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKOrpyO0z48



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pwillie
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USA
24262 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2014 :  10:01:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I knew it was the Port side,but couldn't remember if two or four Gats!...I know they sounded like fog horns in the sky...So did the mini's on the little Bell Helo...

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MMOMEQ-55
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USA
14173 Posts

Posted - 01/19/2016 :  1:44:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CapnMidnight

Puff saved our butts on more than one occasion. Thank you to everyone who flew on a Puff crew.
W.D.




Amen Brother!. I am here today thanks in part to Puff.

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perry shooter
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17214 Posts

Posted - 01/31/2016 :  5:06:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the first time I ever knew of such a thing I heard it about 4or5 times before I saw 'it"sounded like a herd of elephants passing gas" when I did see it and the curtain Of red from the tracers I was awe struck knowing how many rounds a minute was spewing out I had fired thousands of rounds from both M60 and M2
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11b6r
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USA
15537 Posts

Posted - 01/31/2016 :  9:52:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I THINK the original Puff and the original Spooky (AC-130) are at the Air Force Ordnance Museum just outside Eglin AFB Florida.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."
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Laredo Lefty
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USA
13295 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2016 :  11:43:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember well watching them shoot fire missions thru a starlite scope. It looked like they were shooting 100 watt light bulbs.

Joe
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Wild Turkey
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1154 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2016 :  2:50:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How large was the "beaten zone" of a Spooky strike?

I remember laughing at the shot in "Green Berets" when they showed all the bullets in a straight line because I knew there would be more dispersion due to altitude.

I've heard stories of leaves coming off trees, etc, but always wondered how intense it really was.

(commissioned USAR Aug '72)

Wild Turkey
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11b6r
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USA
15537 Posts

Posted - 02/21/2016 :  6:35:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Correction to my last- the AC-130 was Spectre- "Spooky" was the call sign for the AC-47s.

Regarding the size of the beaten zone- depends on distance from target, and duration of fire. The guns for Spooky were 3 ea 7.62 mm miniguns, capable of 6,000 rounds per minute. While more than one gun could fire at once, they were usually cycled one at a time. Spooky used a WW 2 fighter gunsight, mounted looking out to the pilot's port side. Not precise, but when you have God's own shotgun to shoot with....

The AC-130 raised the stakes- 40mm cannon, a 105 howitzer, upgraded gatlings, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKOrpyO0z48

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Jim Rau
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USA
4275 Posts

Posted - 04/27/2016 :  10:18:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
They would 'wag' their wings and spray the area back a forth. The weak link with he mini-guns was the 'feeder-delinker'. Most would not try to fire more than about 3k per minute to keep the feeder-delinker from going FUBAR!!!

Self defence is an absolute and natural right. An armed society is not always polite, but it is A FREE AND SAFE SOCIETY! Keep your head down and your powder dry! J. Rau, Alabama
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