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AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:23 pm

Looks like the future of the AC-130 is here, based on the C-130J:

“Major enhancements will include extended sensor capabilities, more precise fire control and stand-off precision guided weapons capabilities,” said Capt. Belena Marquez, spokeswoman for Air Force Special Operations Command.

More information here: http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2013/02/air-force-AC130s-020713w
 
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:25 pm

I half expect Jim Morrison blaring on the horns, vainly straining to be heard above the roar of the engines and din of gunfire... as this new gunship makes its strafing runs    .....

http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_HC-130J_Roll_Out_lg.jpg
http://media.defenceindustrydaily.co...images/AIR_HC-130J_Roll_Out_lg.jpg

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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:44 am

I'm just wondering...

Why do C-130 still have the cockpit windows from the late 1940ies and 1950ies, like those on the Boeing Stratocruiser?

Why was introducing A400M- or C-17-style windshields never an issue for Lockheed or the U.S. Armed Forces?


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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:53 am

Never seen a C130 with four auxiliary exterior tanks before, is that just a -J feature ?
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:50 am

Quoting Max Q (Reply 3):

Never seen a C130 with four auxiliary exterior tanks before, is that just a -J feature ?

No. Lots of older model hercs had them too. KC-130T, MC-130P. In the above photo you can just barely see the retracted baskets on the J.
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:16 am

Thanks Spope, wow , thats a lot of weight that far out on the wing.


Silly question but I have to ask it, can any of those exterior tanks actually be dropped ?
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:29 am

Max Q, the EC-130J pictured above has no fuel tanks on it. The MC-130P pictured above has fuel tanks on the inboard stations, but not the outboard.

Hope that helps...
 
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:29 am

Quoting checksixx (Reply 6):


Max Q, the EC-130J pictured above has no fuel tanks on it. The MC-130P pictured above has fuel tanks on the inboard stations, but not the outboard.

Hope that helps...

Well thanks but what are those tank looking objects way out on the wings, some sort of electronic pods ?
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:36 am

Quoting Max Q (Reply 7):

Refueling pods. It's a tanker.
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:55 am

More specifically, the MC-130P looks to have refueling pods on the outer stations. The EC-130J has antenna pods on the outer stations (I believe those are the television broadcast antenna's).
 
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RE: AC-130 Replacement Flight Testing

Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:13 am

Quoting checksixx (Reply 9):


More specifically, the MC-130P looks to have refueling pods on the outer stations. The EC-130J has antenna pods on the outer stations (I believe those are the television broadcast antenna's).

Ok, now it all makes sense !
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