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Shadow and Stinger
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Nicknamed “the truck killer,” the AC-119K gunship and its counterpart, the AC-119G, were developed in the late 1960s in response to the needs of the U.S. military in Vietnam. This important book examines the evolution of these aircraft and their role within Vietnam, military policy, and geopolitical realities. Drawing on unpublished studies and a host of primary materials, William Head discusses the events that led to the birth of the AC-119, the planning and modification processes that followed, and its operational history. The G model, or “Shadow,” focused on air support and anti-personnel missions. “Stinger,” the K model, which could carry more cargo for longer distances, was suited for destruction of enemy vehicles. Though the AC-119 was only an interim asset, its descendants—the AC-130E, H, and U—have played an active role in the recent conflict in Iraq. A narrative of the crews and pilots who executed the missions and the engineers, designers, and the politicians responsible for the aircraft, Shadow and Stinger will be of interest to Vietnam veterans, historians, and scholars, as well as aviation enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Developing the Fixed-Wing Gunship
  2. pp. 9-31
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  1. 2. Project Combat Hornet
  2. pp. 32-50
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  1. 3. Inching Forward through Hoops of Fire
  2. pp. 51-75
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  1. 4. Finding the Funds and Modifying the Contracts
  2. pp. 76-96
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  1. 5. Logistics Support for the AC-119G/K Gunships
  2. pp. 97-113
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  1. 6. The Smoke-Evacuation System and FLIRS
  2. pp. 114-127
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  1. 7. Modification Program Revisions
  2. pp. 128-142
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  1. 8. Technical Modifications
  2. pp. 143-165
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  1. 9. Fulfilling the Contract and Deploying the Fleet
  2. pp. 166-184
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  1. 10. U.S. Air Power in Vietnam
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. 11. AC-119 Units and Combat Operations in Vietnam
  2. pp. 213-239
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  1. Conclusion: “Country Roads, Take Me Home”
  2. pp. 240-254
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 263-296
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 297-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-340
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