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Air Force Reserve AC-119G Shadows

In 1968, the Air Force Reserve (AFRES) 71st Tactical Airlift Squadron mobilized and converted to the AC-119G Shadow gunship, becoming the 71st Special Operations Squadron (SOS). The 71st SOS deployed the first of 18 AC-119G gunships to South Vietnam in December 1968.

For the next six months, 71st SOS aircrews provided direct fire support for friendly troops, primarily at night. In June 1969, the 71st SOS became the 17th SOS, and the Reservists were released from active duty.

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