USAF Gunships in Southeast Asia Spooky, Spectre, Shadow and Stinger Developed by the USAF, the side-firing gunship first saw combat during the Southeast Asia War. Able to remain airborne for hours, gunships provided devastating, accurate gunfire against many different types of ground targets. Always in high demand, these gunships became an indispensable weapon greatly feared by the enemy. Click on the links below to learn more about gunships in Southeast Asia. Gunship I: Spooky Airman 1st Class John L. Levitow Gunship II: Spectre Gunship III: Shadows and Stingers Turning Night into Day: Candlesticks, Lamplighters and Blind Bats Click here to return to the South Vietnam: Build-Up and Engagement Overview.