is the true story of Master Sergeant David M.
Burns, an aerial gunner assigned to the deadliest
squadron in air force history. Aboard the AC-130
Spectre gunship, he flew a total of 287 combat
missions over Laos, South Vietnam, and Cambodia, in
pursuit of the truck traffic coming down the Ho Chi
Minh Trail. His squadron destroyed more than fifteen
thousand trucks loaded with war munitions destined
for South Vietnam and Cambodia. Despite heavy and
constant anti-aircraft and missile fire, the loss of
six aircraft and the lives of fifty-two men, the
crew never wavered in its dedication to the mission.
Burns has a distinguished military career that began
in 1951 at the age of fifteen. He served one tour of
duty in Phan Rang, South Vietnam, in 1967, and four
tours of duty in the 16th Special Operations Squadron
in Southeast Asia as an aerial gunner, lead gunner,
and instructor gunner. He served in both the United
States Navy and Air Force, earning three Distinguished
Flying Crosses for heroism, twenty-seven Air Medals,
as well as a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Presidential
Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Service
Medal with nine battle stars, and other decorations
from the Korean War. He was wounded twice and is
credited with saving the lives of fourteen
crewmembers. This is his story.
Spectre is the true story of a young man
from a small town in Pennsylvania who grows up and
enlists in the United States Air Force at
nineteen. Nearly forty years after the fact, Jeff
Noecker recounts his combat flight experiences
from the Vietnam War flying in an AC-130 Spectre
gunship. The story follows him from his initial
air force training to being accepted into an
unusual Special Operations unit.
Spectre Pilot Mike Couvillon has a new book he
wrote on sale centered on Spectre and the
Liberation of Grenada! The book is available
through a link on his website:
Fence" by Bill Morales
An AC-130 Gunship novel.
Fence is a hard hitting and accurate account of the
heroism of the brave airmen that flew the AC-130
Spectre Gunship during the Vietnam War. A must read
selection for Special Operations enthusiasts."
Hugh Hunter, Colonel, USAF [Ret] Commander 1st
Four Little Children: A Likely Story by
Lt Col (ret) USAF (Spectre Nav 70/71)
in the Squadron, I wrote nightly letters to
my wife, Sybil, and periodically included in
them bedtime stories that she could read
to our four little children.
Fortunately, Sybil saved all of my letters
and in 1986 I decided to compile these stories so
that each child could have their
own copy. In 2004 one of my
grandchildren asked her mother to read the stories
to her kindergarden class and I was invited in to
read the final two chapters. Their teacher
liked them so much that she suggested that I have
them published. I did just that and they
were finally first published in 2005.
They were subsequently republished in 2007.
The storybook (some 180 pages), The Four
Little Children - A Likely Story, was
selected by the Military Writers Society of
America (MWSA) as their 2005 Distinguished
Book Award for Children's Literature.
The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger and
Spectre," published by
Specialty Press, 2009. Wayne Mutza
Flight Line: The
Adventures of a Vietnam-Era AC-130 Crew Chief
R. Combs (Author)
who join AFTWS which is exclusive to active
serving, veteran and retired USAF, USAAF and ANG
personnel, have the opportunity to find other
Wingmen with whom they served, share memories
and enjoy the camaraderie of other Airmen.
Lasers in Destin, FL is the trophy shop that
supplied us with the awesome wine glasses at the
reunion and maker of the really cool Laser-Etched
can put the Spectre Logo and your name on almost
ANYTING! Give them a call!
The Armed Forces Military Museum located in Largo,
FL is a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit charitable
foundation dedicated to preserving our military
history and educating our current and future
generations as to the sacrifices made by so many
to preserve our freedom. Visit the unique displays
illustrating World War I, World War II, D-Day
Landings, the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Korea,
Vietnam, and other conflicts. The Armed Forces
Military Museum houses one of the largest
collections of military memorabilia, equipment and
vehicles in the state of Florida.
Memorial site, which is dedicated by Lauren Metzger
to her father, Capt. Langford C. Metzger, and
to all the men who served with him during his
Sixteen year military career. A huge
thanks to Lauren for building this wonderful tribute
to her father.
Brenda Grubbs is the wife of Bill Grubbs (Retired
Spectre Pilot) and former IHRA World Champion and
still active on both the NHRA and IHRA circuits
with Bill as her Crew Chief! Awesome!
of American Scientists
AC-130H Spectre Gunship information,
specifications, photos and resources.
A gallery of Gunship nose art.
Schiele's Photo Gallery
91 photos of Don's tour in Southeast Asia,
including the trip over there and the survival
An online gallery of Gunship-related photos.
Civil War 1861-1865 and slavery history.
There are also a
lot of letters and diaries about how it was in the
war, this site is growing all the time.
USAF HH43B/F "Pedro" Crash Rescue - Air Rescue
Wes Field's USAF Site dedicated to Spectre and Law
MAJOR CURTIS DANIEL
will have the need to file for Social Security
Disability benefits. The Social Security and
Disability Resource Center website (www.ssdrc.com)
provides answers to questions concerning how to
apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in
the event of a denial, how to navigate the
federal system, and how to avoid certain
mistakes that are commonly made by applicants
filing for either SSD (social security
disability) or SSI (supplemental security
I'm proud to serve my
country with nearly 23 years in the air
force. 17 years as an enlisted medic on
c-130's-doing med evac, and got my commission in
2006. i am working as an er nurse at nellis
afb. so, you say, why am i contacting you?
i've been skating roller derby for just under two
years and have been skating this last 8 months
under the name "AERIAL SPECTRE" in honor
of SPIRIT 03...Im a desert storm vet-deployed to
saudi- as well as enduring and iraqi freedom with
5 deployments so far. anyhoo, my husband--a
retired c-5 elan guy and first sgt--suggested that
i write to you and check out your online
store. i skate for the fabulous sin city
rollergirls here in las vegas under the name
Aerial Spectre and my number is ac130. (cant
use caps on the ac per rules). i love to
tell people why i chose the name and skate with
pride. i was recently drafted to the flying
aces home team and am stoked for our season opener
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