Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger, and Spectre

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Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger, and Spectre tells the dramatic story of transforming military cargo transports into deadly ground-attack aircraft used by the U.S. and other countries in worldwide conflicts from the Vietnam War to the Middle East today. This comprehensive and detailed accounting of gunships begins with piston-powered, WWII-era C-47s and progresses to the four-engine turboprop C-130 Hercules, showing how gunships evolved from using 20mm miniguns to 105mm Howitzers with digital-age ...
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Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger, and Spectre tells the dramatic story of transforming military cargo transports into deadly ground-attack aircraft used by the U.S. and other countries in worldwide conflicts from the Vietnam War to the Middle East today. This comprehensive and detailed accounting of gunships begins with piston-powered, WWII-era C-47s and progresses to the four-engine turboprop C-130 Hercules, showing how gunships evolved from using 20mm miniguns to 105mm Howitzers with digital-age Battle Management Centers housed onboard. These highly effective airplanes made history by removing the safe haven of night operations from the enemy, and allowing strategic victory that might not have otherwise been possible. Author Wayne Mutza not only carefully researched all of these aircraft and their paths to reality, but also tells the tale of the brave and persevering men who believed in this unique weapon system and who saw its development through to the end. This book features a wealth of outstanding color photographs, many of which have never before been published, and also contains detailed appendices documenting gunship production data, combat units, and aircraft losses.
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Scale Aviation Modeller
An interesting subject is given the coverage it deserves in this title and I can recommend it highly.
Walter J. Boyne
Given its scope and great detail, Gunships is sure to be one of those books you'll eagerly read before placing it in the "to keep" portion of your library.
Aviation History
Scott Van Aken

It is another superb Specialty Press offering. One I found fascinating and enjoyable to read. I know you will as well and highly recommend it to you.
Modeling Madness

Andrew Judson

Anybody that is interested in Gunships, from the first days until the present, will definitely want to have this title in their collection. This is a great book that comprehensively documents Gunships, with plenty of first-hand accounts and photographs.
Hyperscale

Rob Folden

Wayne Mutza has a grand slam home run with the book Gunships. I have never encountered a more comprehensive collection of gunship information before reading this book. This book is highly recommended.
IPMS

Chris Banyai-Riepl

For those interested in the development and history of the Gunship, there is no better book than this one. The text is beautifully written, and there are enough photos to keep even the most avid researcher happy.
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Military Aircraft Monthly
This book is magnificently illustrated and is the perfect reference for both the aviation enthusiast and the modeller.
—T.E. Bell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071239
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Well-researched, well-written definitive work on gunships!

    Wayne Mutza's GUNSHIPS: THE STORY OF SPOOKY, SHADOW, STINGER, AND SPECTRE is an excellent reference on the development and employment of heavy gunships in air warfare. Beginning with the famed AC-47 Spooky in Vietnam, Mutza meticulously traces the development of the tactics, training, and technology surrounding the development of what has evolved into one of the most devastating aerial weapons ever employed. Using excellent research work, outstanding photographs, and eye-witness testimony from crewmembers, Mutza puts together what may be the definitive work on the rise of the gunship.

    In addition to documenting the four variants mentioned in the title, Mutza also devotes time to "light" gunship experiments, and also gunships in other air forces in the world. I also particularly liked his section dealing with the Air Force's 6th Special Operations Squadron, which is something I knew nothing about. This provides an element of completeness not seen often in other similar books.

    Military aviation enthusiasts, Air Force enthusiasts, and Air Force veterans will all enjoy this book tremendously.

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