YouTube – Lockheed AC-130
2001 US$ Cost:
$45,986 per hour
1- 25 mm Gattling
1- 40 mm cannon
1- 105 mm cannon
4- 4,910 hp. each
97 ft. 9 in.
132 ft. 7 in.
The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is one of the most heavily armed U.S. aircraft.
The U.S.A.F. had Boeing take a total of thirteen Lockheed cargo aircraft, stuff them with a sophisticated computerized fire control system, the same avionics as the most modern USAF fighters, 25 mm Gatling guns, 40 mm and 105 mm cannons, and gave them the name “Spooky.” The nickname for prior Lockheed AC-130 gunships is “Spectre”.
The Lockheed AC-130 can operate in all weather conditions and have the ability to support ground troops or take out separate selected targets over 1/2 mile apart with pinpoint accuracy.
Lockheed AC-130 aircraft are being armed with GBU-69/B Stand-Off Precision Guided Munitions. These gliding laser guided bombs use a deployable wing to provide long range stand-off target capability. Fins on the bomb’s tail provide stability and flight control to its target.
In March of 2019 it was announced that AC-130 aircraft are scheduled to receive the Sierra Nevada Corp. Precision Strike Package. It consists of “precision guided munitions, a medium-caliber gun, electro-optical/infrared sensors, special operations forces-specific communications equipment, and an integrated fire control and mission management system.” Completion of new systems instillation is expected by Sept. 30, 2026.
Lockheed AC-130 aircraft have seen action over Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Panama, Somalia, and Vietnam.
RC Lockheed AC-130
The Lockheed AC-130 from Advanced Scale Models (ASM) has a 100 in. wingspan. If you are looking for a giant scale, ready to fly airplane to use as a basis for your RC Lockheed AC-130, this model should be considered. Construction materials are a plywood and balsa internal structure for the molded fuselage, reinforced with carbon. Recommended for power are either four brushless motors, .25 to .32 two cycle, or .30 four cycle engines.
The Brodak/Dare RC Lockheed AC-130 kit builds to a 60 in. wingspan and a 44 1/2 in. length. It is of all wood construction and has provisions for working flaps. For power you will need four 370 to 400 size motors turning 9 x 5 propellers.
The 60 in. wingspan RC Lockheed AC-130 from EAM uses 4 x 280 size motors.
The ARF GWS RC Lockheed AC-130 has a wingspan of 44 in. and length is 33 in. Included are four electric motors.
The Palmer Plans 1:39 scale RC Lockheed AC-130 has a wingspan of 52 in. and a length of 31 in. It is designed to accept four Cox T.D. .051 engines, but is said to be easily converted to electric power. Weight is around 4 lbs.
The Palmer Plans 1:18 scale RC Lockheed AC-130 has a wingspan of 87 in. and a length of 64 in. You can power it with four O.S. .25 FP engines. It should weigh in at around 11 lbs.
The largest Palmer Plans RC Lockheed AC-130 is 1:12 scale. It builds to a wingspan of 132 in. and a length of 98 in. Recommended power can be four MWS .49 rear exhaust engines. When ready to fly, it should tip the scales at just about 22 lbs.
If you haven’t done so already, you may want to check out the RC Lockheed AC-130 build thread at RC Universe about the 11 foot wingspan giant scale airplane. It is from Palmer Plans. The build appears to have been going on for a number of years.