First AC-130W to record combat kill is now retired as ground instructional trainer at Sheppard AFB
The first AC-130W gunship to record a combat kill, # 1303, has been flown to its final home at Sheppard AFB, Texas whereby it will become a ground instructional trainer for ammo and armament students in the 363rd Training Squadron as well as crew chief student in the 362nd Training Squadron.
The aircraft was received from the Lockheed-Martin factory Jun. 6, 1989, with the original nickname of ‘City of Hurricane.’
It recorded its first combat kill on Feb. 9, 2011 and on December 2016, it became the first AC-130W to score a combat kill with the 105mm cannon.
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