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Airframe Details for C-130 #4347

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Aircraft: 4347 (69-6573)
LM Aero T/V 4347
Plant Lockheed Marietta Plant
Local C/N
Delivered USAF 69-573
Current USAF 69-573
Status [sto]

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Aircraft History

Date Status Local S/N Airforce/Unit Version Name Info
Unknown [act] 69-573 C-130E
Unknown [act] 69-573 USAF 64 TAW C-130E
Unknown [con] 69-573 AC-130E
Converted to AC-130H
Unknown [act] 69-573 USAF 16 SOS AC-130E
13 May 1972 [msh] 69-573 USAF 16 SOS AC-130E

Hit by SA-7 in through the tail just above the ramp on the port side and fragments punched large holes on the starboard side. Ken Felty was injured in this missile strike and the aircraft landed safely. Aircraft was in combat for the The Easter Offensive in Vietnam and was repaired. Rebuilt using the tail of C-130B 57-0467 that hit a bulldozer on takeoff.
Unknown [act] 69-573 USAF 16 SOS AC-130E
Unknown [con] 69-573 AC-130H
Modified to AC-130H
Unknown [act] 69-573 USAF 415 SOTS AC-130H
Sep 2000 [act] 69-573 USAF 16 SOS AC-130H " Heavy Metal"
08 Apr 2015 [sto] 69-573 USAF AMARC AC-130H " Heavy Metal"
Retired from service. Still proudly displays its "Decepticon" kill from the first Transformers film as it was called in to "bring the rain"

Abbreviations and symbols:
[act] Active [i/a] Instructional Airframe [sto] Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld] Cancelled Order [msh] Involved in Mishap [w/o] Write-off
[con] Converted [o/o] On Order
[des] Destroyed (drone) [pre] Preserved (museum, gateguard) T/V LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb] Embargoed [scr] Scrapped Photo Available
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