Shadow and Stinger

Shadow and Stinger : Developing the AC-119G/K Gunships in the Vietnam War

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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 Drawing on unpublished studies and a host of primary materials, William Head discusses the events that led to the birth of the AC-119, the planning and modification processes that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 ""Stinger,"" focused on air support and anti-personnel missions. ""Shadow,"" 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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 30.5mm | 680.4g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w photos, bib, index
  • 1585445770
  • 9781585445776
  • 1,390,277

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"Is of interest to those interested in aviation history and the history of the Vietnam War. The development of the side-firing fixed wing gunship by the US Air force during the Vietnam War was a case of remarkable, and remarkably successful, innovation and is a fascinating story in itself. . . .does an excellent job of examining Shadow and Stinger from the perspective of the men who flew them and of describing their use in the Commando Hunt campaigns against truck traffic on the Ho Chi Minh Trail."--John F. Guilmartin, Jr., Professor of history, Ohio State Universityshow more

About William Pace Head

WILLIAM HEAD is chief of the Air Logistics Center Office of History at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. He is the author of several books on air power. His Ph.D. is from Florida State more

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This is a very interesting look at the development, modification process of the airplanes, and deployment history of the AC-119 Gunships, both the G and the K models. Explains you the insightfuls of the development, costs, distribution of workforces, etc. You can see a little of the "behind the courtains" look of the economic, military and aeronautic ambience during the Vietnam War. Recommened. A good complement of the rather few fixed wing Gunship book out there. Enough to say that after receiving this book i ordered "Gunships" from Specialty Press, and i'm looking for two more gunship books soon. The only info i got of these particular attack planes was from the "world of aviation" encyclopedia from when i was a child. Since younling i wanted to know more about this deadly machines. Now i can do it. Nice Hardback format book with cover more
by José Javier Domènech Rozas
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