NEWS: Please check the Deceased Spectres
Page as we got word of a few passing's in the past
couple of years and they are updated for the info we
Colonel C.O. Hopingardner :
Former commander of the 16th SOS.
12. Colonel C.O.
Hopingardner December 73 to September 74
passed away on 17MAR2013 as a result of complications
from a fall and COPD.He had thousands of hours in the
C-130, which he flew out of Clark AB to Vietnam from
1968 - 1972, before transitioning to the Gunships.
It was by far his
favorite aircraft and he was immensely proud to have
flown the AC-130 and commanded the 16th SOS.
Force Colonel George F. Shipp of Gladys, passed away
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, in his daughter's home in
Fayetteville. He was born on January 14, 1941, in
Concord, Massachusetts, to the late Frederick E. Shipp
and Genevieve Shipp. During his 28 years of service in
the Air Force as a pilot, he completed three Southeast
Asia tours and commanded the 16SOS, AC-130 Spectre
squadron. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor
J. Shipp. He is survived by daughters, Christy Shipp of
Dallas, Texas, and Robyn S. Rodriguez, husband Raymond;
and son, Jacob of Fayetteville. The funeral service will
be at a future date at Arlington Cemetery in D.C.
Memories and condolences should be sent to George's
daughter, Robyn ("Cricket") at
or Robyn Rodriguez 4752
Date: 6 May 2014
Location: Canon AFB, NM Guest Speaker: Lt Gen Fiel
Ceremony was awesome! A special Thank You to the men and women of
the 16th SOS for hosting this great event and all the super hospitality
to the former Spectres that attended. The highlight was the dedication of Acft 69-6572 at the
NEW!!! 1st Spectre Association Reunion Original Newspaper Article!
From (then) SMSgt Jim McHale. Thanks Jim for sharing!
and BOB WOLFE
EVERY Version of Ghostriders in the Sky!!! Just click the
"Play" VCR Button Below and the forward and back buttons for next
Jan 18, 2013 Hurlburt Warrior Newspaper "The most
fearsome weapon is evolving" featured on pg. 14
And DON'T MISS our President, Bill Walter, featured on pg. 4 as
well! Thanks to Don "The Chief" Beardsley for
sending this in!
BOOK: SPECTRE GUNNER: This is the true story of Master
Sergeant David M. Burns, an aerial gunner assigned to the deadliest
squadron in air force history. Aboard the AC-130 Spectre gunship, he
flew a total of 287 combat missions over Laos, South Vietnam, and
Cambodia, in pursuit of the truck traffic coming down the Ho Chi Minh
Trail. His squadron destroyed more than fifteen thousand trucks loaded
with war munitions destined for South Vietnam and Cambodia. Despite
heavy and constant anti-aircraft and missile fire, the loss of six
aircraft and the lives of fifty-two men, the crew never wavered in its
dedication to the mission.
BLAST FROM THE PAST! First Flight
Engineers at Ubon Photo from MSgt Chuck Beasley (FE) & Charlie Spicka (AC)
16 SOS CHANGE OF COMMAND U.S. Air Force Col. Bill West, 27th Special
Operations Group commander, Lt. Col. Tracy Onufer, 16th Special
Operations Squadron relinquishing commander, and Lt. Col. James Mott, 16
SOS commander, stand as they commence the 16 SOS change of command
ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 9, 2012. The 16 SOS flies
the AC-130H Spectre gunship and provides air support. (U.S. Air Force
photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)
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A small Christmas Gift from us
all! Downloadable Christmas cards to email to your
friends. Just click on the small image then right click,
"Save Image as" to save to your computer and email away!
SPECTRES: The 16 SOS Commander (Lt Col Onufer) is asking
for crew nametags/Crew/Morale Patches to be proudly displayed on
the new 16 SOS Patch Wall (click on Photo at Left to view Large)
at Canon AFB, NM.
We already have a bunch of old name patches that
we'll get added this week, but if anyone wants to send theirs,
the more the merrier! Anyone interested can mail their patches
is the true story of a young man from a small town in Pennsylvania who
grows up and enlists in the United States Air Force at nineteen. Nearly
forty years after the fact, Jeff Noecker recounts his combat flight
experiences from the Vietnam War flying in an AC-130 Spectre gunship.
The story follows him from his initial air force training to being
accepted into an unusual Special Operations unit.
NEWS: HISTORY IS MADE
Special Operations Squadron has it's FIRST Female Commander!
Congratulations to Lt. Col
Tracy Onufer who took Command of the
16 SOS on 22 Feb 2011
January 2012 IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE
"Spirit 03" Gulf War, Jan 31, 1991 (Aircraft 69-6567)
Shot down near the
Kuwaiti border while supporting the
Marines during the first Iraq offensive
on January 31, 1991. The Air Force's
biggest single lost of the Gulf War (14
out of 20 Air Force Personnel killed in
the Gulf War were from Spirit 03).
See more info on
Spirit 03 Page
the Litho and Poster above are awesome "MUST HAVE"
remembrance of the loss of these brave heroes
ALL proceeds (100%) go to the Special Operations Warrior
for the families of fallen Special Operators (Click on their
logo at left to see the wonderful things they do). See
Litho and Poster order info on our online store page
Need Help with Names on all Photos for accuracy.
Please send me your inputs. Start with brand new crew photo on lower
Vietnam Pg 14. Thanks! ALSO, check out
the funny stories under Spectre History, Hootch Stories. -PJ Cook
Cool Spectre Tribute knife from a proud nephew
of a Vietnam Gunner
Has Moved to NM!
Click on Hurlburt Warrior Pic to read more.
We will miss you guys & gals and of course, the
THE STORE IS
NEW!!! Clearance Items are available in
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cards to make payments on this site. We also now have the
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Please contribute to help out the Spectre Association today!.
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SPECTRE PRIDE Send
in your Photos wearing Spectre Items all over the world. We have a
page dedicated to you showing your Spectre Pride. Got the idea
from the Steeler's Terrible Towel photos across world shown all over the
Internet so send in those Pics!
STORIES! (or even Hootch Stories)...send them in and we
will make up a special page for them to share the
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It is clean and mean like a brand new airframe
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