Published May 18, 2015
Capt. William Groves, AC-119 navigator, gets the coordinates of enemy positions from an allied ground commander. With such devastating firepower, accurate positioning was essential. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Most gunships, like this AC-119G, were painted black on the bottom. It made them less visible from the ground at night. (U.S. Air Force photo)
U.S. Air Force gunships, like this AC-119K, were potent weapons against communist supply lines. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Staff Sgt. Harry R. Watters, AC-119 gunner, loads 1,500 rounds into a 7.62mm minigun. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Shadow “business card.” (U.S. Air Force photo)
Maj. Herman “Al” Heuss, chief pilot in the 71st Special Operations Squadron, an Indiana-based Air Force Reserve unit called to active duty in Southeast Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Stinger “business card.” (U.S. Air Force photo)