Executive Series Lockheed Martin AC-130U Gunship Desktop Model
Introducing the ready-built AC130TR Desktop Model. This 1/100 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 16 inches and a length of 14 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
This collectible model represents the C-130H Hercules gunship, a deadly ground-attack aircraft equipped with armament from 7.62 mm miniguns to 105mm howitzers. Painstakingly built by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/100-scale model C-130 Hercules gunship makes a great gift for any pilot, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
The AC-130 began combat operations in the Vietnam War, after the AC-47 showed the value of side-firing weapons in the ground attack. A pilot flying a pylon turn can accurately place fire on a target, and the large size of the former cargo lifters enabled the carrying of multiple weapons and good loiter times of a target.
The C-130 gunships are equipped with sophisticated sensors, navigation and fire control systems to provide precision firepower or area-saturation fire. The sensor suite consists of a television sensor, infrared sensor, and radar. These sensors allow the gunship to visually or electronically identify friendly ground forces and targets in most weather conditions.
The AC-130U is equipped with the AN/APQ-180, synthetic-aperture radar for long-range target detection and identification. The gunship's navigational suite include inertial navigation systems and a Global Positioning System. The AC-130U employs technologies developed in the 1990s and can attack two targets at the same time. It also has twice the munitions capacity of the AC-130H.
The C-130 gunship is part of a long line of variants of this versatile aircraft.
What the C-47 Skytrain was in the 1940s, the C-130 Hercules is the modern equivalent a workhouse found in air forces around the world. The C-130 is not the heaviest lifter in the inventory, nor is it the fastest or highest flying. What it is, is tough, adaptable, efficient and reliable. The C-130 Hercules has been equipped with skis to land on Antarctic ice; with an array of guns and cannon as an attack aircraft; as a medevac ship; with advanced sensors as a special operations troop carrier; as an aerial tanker, and as a reliable cargo carrier able to operate of poor surfaces. The C-130 has also dropped one of the most powerful non-nuclear bombs in the U.S. inventory, the 15,000-pound BLU-82 daisy cutter.
The Korean War showed the shortcomings of the existing cargo aircraft of the time the C-47s, the C-119 Flying Boxcar, the C-46 Commando. In 1951, the Air Force issue a request for proposals for a cargo aircraft that would have a capacity for 92 passengers, 72 combat troops or 64 paratroopers, a range of 1,300 miles, the ability from short or unimproved runways, and an ability to fly with one engine shut down.
Lockheeds proposal won, and the first flight of the C-130 Hercules was on Aug, 23, 1954, with service deliveries beginning in 1956.
The C-130 is 97 feet long with an wingspan of 132 feet, powered by four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops of 4,600 horsepower. It has a range of over 2,600 miles at a cruising speed of 336 mph, and can carry a load of up to 45,000 pounds.
Countries around the world continue to fly the C-130 in active service, and the latest model, the C-130J Super Hercules features six-bladed composite scimitar props, digital avionics including heads-up displays, and Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprops. More than 2,600 C-130s have been produced so far.