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User currently offlineAccidentally From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 648 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 7 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Not long ago I saw a TV show on the different versions of the C-130... On one an extremely powerful "spotlight" was mounted. So powerful that a 2x4 waved in the beam ignited immediately. Does anyone have info/pics they could share with me? Thanks

Indianapolis, IN
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User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

I think that's the AC-130.... the one with the gattling guns.... they use it to light up targets on the ground.....

I think the light is the 'bulb' in this picture

I could be wrong though

Here's more info on the AC-130

User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

Yeah i was wrong that's the side looking radar.

The light is somewhere on the plane.... just not sure where

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

Get a copy of the Squadron Signal book on the C-130.

I does have a picture of the light equipted C-130.

From my understanding it was originallly intended to illuminate ground targes for strikes by AC-130's and other ground attack aircraft in Nam.

They built it and then realised that that thing would be one big target with those large lights in the night. Can you imagine the IR signature those lights put out?

Anyway the airforce ended up sticking to shooting flares out of the back of C-123's for illuminating targets at night.

It looked like a normal C-130A except with two huge rectangular "drop tank" looking things, one on each side of the cabin forward of the landing gear fairings.

User currently offlineSJC>SFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Don't they have night vision equippment on the C-130As now?

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 2771 times:

They have had nightvision equipment since Vietnam. The use of flares and floodlights is for a good part psychological. There is just something about night turning into days moments before shells rain down that strikes fear into the heart of people. Very effective.
And it's AC-130s, not C-130A  Smile

I wish I were flying
User currently offlinePlaneshot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

This C-130 that had the spotlights mounted on it was called RC-130S 'Bias Hunter' of which two were so modified....560493 and 560497.

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