The AC-130 is once again in the point of focus as the Air Force prepares for the reality of near-peer warfare with China and Russia, as well as a potential conflict. This comes after nearly 60 years of aiding special operations and conventional forces in practically every situation the US military has faced. The community of AC-130 gunships may be traced back to the jungles of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Modern AC-130s have a peak speed of more than 415 mph, a range of nearly 3,000 miles, and the capacity to refuel in the air.
The Crossroads of Special Operations