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  • The Spookiest story in Vietnam: The AC-47 gunship (12 PHOTOS)

    08/08/2015 6:58:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    guns.com ^ | 8/7/2015 | Chris Eger
    Known variously as Puff the Magic Dragon, Dragonships or just Spooky, the AC-47 gunship, with its broadside battery of GE miniguns, was a sight to behold. In 1965 with the grunts on the ground needing as much persistent close in air support as could be spared, the Air Force went about converting a handful of World War II-era C-47 transports into lead slinging death dealers by attaching a number of General Electric GAU-2/M134 miniguns arranged to fire through the left-hand side of the plane at a target below.
  • 11 killed in South African Air Force C-47 Dakota crash

    12/17/2012 8:48:35 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 12 replies
    Flight Global ^ | December 6, 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A South African Air Force (SAAF) Douglas C-47 Dakota transport aircraft crashed in the Giants Castle area of the Drakensberg mountain range on 5 December, according to the South African government. The World War Two era aircraft was flying from Waterkloof air force base near the South African capital of Pretoria to Mthatha airport in the Eastern Cape Province when it went missing at about 09:45 local. "After the expected time of arrival and no communication from the aircraft, the SAAF activated a search and rescue mission. Severe weather conditions in the area hindered the continuation of the search and...
  • Lessons From Failed Cold War Spy Mission in China

    06/20/2010 10:44:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | ROBERT BURNS
    Detail by painful detail, the CIA is coming to grips with one of the most devastating episodes in its history, a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China that stole two decades of freedom from a pair of fresh-faced American operatives and cost the lives of their two pilots. In opening up about the 1952 debacle, the CIA is finding ways to use it as a teaching tool. Mistakes of the past can serve as cautionary tales for today's spies and paramilitary officers taking on al-Qaida and other terrorist targets. At the center of the story are two eager CIA paramilitary officers...
  • World War II Remains Arrive at Air Base in Hawaii

    03/26/2004 6:00:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 308+ views
    AP ^ | Mar. 25, 2004
    World War II Remains Arrive at Air Base in Hawaii Mar 26, 2004 The Associated Press HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (AP) - The remains of what are believed to be seven World War II servicemen arrived on American soil Friday, 60 years after their transport plane crashed in Southeast Asia. The remains now go to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command's Central Identification Laboratory, where scientists will attempt to identify them. The remains are believed to be those of a crew whose C-47 transport plane crashed in 1944 during an air supply flight between India and Burma, now called Myanmar....
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Flying the Hump (1942-1945) - July 3rd, 2003

    07/03/2003 12:04:19 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 110 replies · 21,999+ views
    Dear Lord, There's a young man far from home, called to serve his nation in time of war; sent to defend our freedom on some distant foreign shore. We pray You keep him safe, we pray You keep him strong, we pray You send him safely home ... for he's been away so long. There's a young woman far from home, serving her nation with pride. Her step is strong, her step is sure, there is courage in every stride. We pray You keep her safe, we pray You keep her strong, we pray You send her safely home...