Thursday, February 4, 2016

AFSOC planes dedicated

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command on Tuesday dedicated an AC-130H Spectre gunship and MC-130P Combat Shadow special operations aircraft for display in the airpark at Hurlburt Field. The AC-130 "Wicked Wanda" retired in December 2014 after some 40 years of service. The MC-130P had its last sortie in May 2015. Among other missions, the gunship served in the first Gulf War and participated in the Battle of Khafji. Its sister gunship, using the call sign Spirit 03, was shot down Jan. 31, 1991, killing the crew. Toward the end of the ceremony, the crowd paid tribute to the 14-member crew from Spirit 03. (Sources: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/02/16)