This monster aircraft was the helicopter version of the AC-130 gunship
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This monster aircraft was the helicopter version of the AC-130 gunship

September 26, 2019

Operating under the call
sign “Guns-A-Go Go”, these behemoths were part of an
experimental program during Vietnam to create heavy aerial gunships to support the troops on the ground. The result was the ACH-47A Chinook, which was a regular CH-47 but
with an extra 2,681 pounds of armor and improved engines. The massive gunships were further
equipped with enough teeth to chew up any enemy in placement. They had two 20 mm
cannons, a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, five
.50-cal machine guns, and two weapon pods
that could carry either 70 mm rocket launchers
or 7.62 mm miniguns. Let’s just say that the enemy could only resist for so long. The first four versions of the gunships arrived in Vietnam in 1966. Though the gunships
performed well in combat, high maintenance costs
made the Army hesitate to go into production. Besides, the conventional
CH-47s were proving to be extremely valuable as troop
transports and for moving cargo. So of the four mega-Chinooks
that were created, three of them were lost in Vietnam. The first collided with a standard CH-47 while taxiing on an airfield. The second had a retention pin shake loose on a 20 mm cannon and was
brought down when its own gun fired through the forward rotor blades. The third was grounded by enemy fire and destroyed by a mortar
attack after the crew escaped. Since the gunships were
designed to work in pairs, the Army ordered the final
helicopter back to the States. It was used as a maintenance
trainer until 1997 when it was restored. It’s now on display at
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Like, share, and comment below. If we keep slappin’
armor and guns on things, how long until we get a
functional Death Star?

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