Compilation with the AC-130 (AC-130H Spectre, AC-130U Spooky II, AC-130W Stinger II ) during conducting live fire missions during Exercise Emerald Warrior 2011 - 2016.
► Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats.
► The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily armed, long-endurance ground-attack variant of the C-130 Hercules transport fixed-wing aircraft. It carries a wide array of anti-ground oriented weapons that are integrated with sophisticated sensors, navigation, and fire-control systems. Unlike other military fixed-wing aircraft, the AC-130 relies on visual targeting. Because its large profile and low operating altitudes (around 7,000 ft) make it an easy target, it usually flies close air support missions at night. Video Credit: U.S. Air Force | United States Department of Defense Photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom