USAF C-130 Photos

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Preserved USAF AC-130A #56-0509 at Hurlburt Field, Florida and named the Ultimate End. The A-model gunship was the first AC-130 model. [USAF photo]

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    Preserved at Hurlburt Field, Florida. After 36 years and seven months of service, 24 years as a gunship, Ultimate End retired from active service on 1 October 1994. It made its last flight from Duke Field to Hurlburt Field on 20 October 1994. The Spectre Association dedicated "Ultimate End" (which served with the 16 SOS in Vietnam) on 4 May 1995. Lt Col Michael Byers, then 16 SOS commander, represented the active-duty gunship force and Clyde Gowdy of the Spectre Association represented all Spectre personnel past and present for the unveiling of a monument at the aircraft and the dedication as a whole.

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