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It was time to put away the homemade wine as I was about to enter crew rest for what would be the most memorable flight of my career. This was the third mission of the war for us.

A snippet from this book https://www.amazon.com/Ghostriders-1976-1995-William-Walter-ebook/dp/B09VQWY5RP/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid&sr&fbclid=IwAR1vELr1aoqfQjbqO5BywaXVt7DDWvGiBeBh9ZuJL-V4stML3whaaGOFpAY

On the evening of January 21, mission planners began tasking AC-130s identically
as they did for fighters as two AC-130s were assigned to 30x30 nautical mile “kill
boxes.” On this night, weather was good and both crews were advised there
would be a fighter CAP available in their working areas. Ghost 02, commanded by
Capt P.L. took off first in Grave Digger and proceeded to their target area in south
central Iraq.23 Within their assigned kill box was an Iraqi command and control
center, which was expected to be protected with AAA.
About an hour later, Ghost 03 commanded by Capt Preaskorn took off in Bad
Company, en route to their target area.

I was on  Ghost 03

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3 hours ago, ClearedHot said:

Nothing like a Split S to beat an SA-8 in a gunpig.  Bill did good that night, you all did.  Well done brother.

Bill was a good stick. Even going past 90 a couple times he pulled out smooth(STS)

I have a picture of 02s g meter on my computer at work it's pegged. Guess whos crew flew it's next flight since we were FCF qualified. The co wore his chute the whole flight. The shiny things are popped rivets.

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Later on back at HRT when the medals were awarded 02s crew got DFCs, our crew got the Air Medal. I joked with Bill that if he had over geed our airplane we would have got DFCs too.

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Found one. Hard to see because of the flash but the positive needle is over at the 3oclock deadspace. 

I know, fighter guys are chuckling at 5g 

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1 hour ago, arg said:

I know, fighter guys are chuckling at 5g 

Not in a fucking herk I’m not! I’d love to hear this more in depth over whiskey some time. Sounds like a badass story.

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12 hours ago, arg said:

Bill was a good stick. Even going past 90 a couple times he pulled out smooth(STS)

I have a picture of 02s g meter on my computer at work it's pegged. Guess whos crew flew it's next flight since we were FCF qualified. The co wore his chute the whole flight. The shiny things are popped rivets.

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Later on back at HRT when the medals were awarded 02s crew got DFCs, our crew got the Air Medal. I joked with Bill that if he had over geed our airplane we would have got DFCs too.

And she forevermore required two extra clicks of right trim to shoot straight, which she still did!

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On 1/22/2023 at 6:08 PM, brabus said:

Not in a fucking herk I’m not! I’d love to hear this more in depth over whiskey some time. Sounds like a badass story.

I thought fighters pulled 5g on the turn to base ha

The link to the book I posted above is legit gunship history. It's got the details, we damn near lost two gunships that night.

I've known the author since 79, we pretty much started flying together. He did 100s of interviews and had access to official records. Took years to write it. It's a good read.

I'll try to do the cliffs.

02 was launched on by manpads and an 8 while engaging a target. Pods and chaff didn't break lock. Pilot performed last second break. Took some shrapnel from the 8. Evading the 8 is when the over g happened. They were tracked by a 6 after that. Headed south at low altitude.

On 03, while flying north, we were tracked and locked onto by a 6 behind us. So they let us fly over them before they engaged.driving us north. Pods, chaff and threat breaks broke lock. A few seconds later an 8 was tracking us, we evaded that which drove us into a barrage of AAA. By then we had run out of altitude so the EWO vectored us around threats as best he could. We headed south below 100ft with the throttles pushed all the way up. Our tactics back then were to be completely blacked out and all emitters off so no radar altimeter. The sand dunes looked like clouds, kinda eerie. I had a pair of PVS-5s and the IR was looking forward as best he could, the IR sensor was placed at the forward left wheel well back then. Continuous chatter between Pilot, me and the IR about terrain.

Even after that the guys running the war were still sending gunships up into Iraq on SCUD hunts. 

On 1/23/2023 at 4:43 AM, ClearedHot said:

And she forevermore required two extra clicks of right trim to shoot straight, which she still did!

Funny you mention that. After take off, on the way to the FCF, Bill pointed out that the plane took half the trim to fly

straight than it did before. We joked that the plane must have been bent before and PL almost bent it back straight.

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On 1/24/2023 at 10:06 PM, Danger41 said:

This is awesome! I think we need to start a “war stories” thread or something. Gotta be a lot of cool stories like this one.

I'm in. New thread or continue this one?

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At about 0625 Saudi(2125CST) time is when 03 went down. We didn't know it yet we just knew they overdue. Didn't find the wreckage untill March.

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