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AC-130 Gunship Navigator Recalls Taliban Combat Mission

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AC-130 Gunship Navigator Recalls Taliban Combat Mission

Short | 02:51

It's November 2001, and lieutenant colonel Allison Black is a navigator on an AC-130 gunship flying over Afghanistan. She recounts a typical combat mission during operation Enduring Freedom.


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The AC-130 is a heavyweight in a class of its own. The massive gunship brings unparalleled cover for troops on the ground and sheer force to enemy skies, day and night. With its revolutionary side-firing design, the AC-130 revolutionized close air support in the 1960s, but was nearly shelved after its weakness was exposed during Operation Desert Storm. Join us as we show how the latest generation of the plane provides further protection to ground troops as we examine the rise, fall, and rebirth of this legendary aircraft.

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