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Fairchild AC-119G Shadow

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Description

The Fairchild AC-119G Shadow and AC-119K Stinger were twin-engine piston-powered gunships developed by the United States during the Vietnam War. They replaced the Douglas AC-47 Spooky and operated alongside the early versions of the AC-130 Spectre gunship.

Design and development

By late 1967, the idea of the fixed-wing gunship had been proven so successful, the United States Air Force was having a difficult time keeping up with demand. The newer AC-130s that had been created under Project Gunship II were effective, but were being mostly used for armed reconnaissance and interdiction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Furthermore, the C-130 airframe was in active service as a transport, vital to the war effort in Southeast Asia. The Air Force desperately needed a new gunship to replace the vulnerable and underpowered AC-47 in the close air support role, as well as supplementing the AC-130 in attacking targets on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar presented an obvious choice, having been phased out of front-line service in favor of the C-123 and C-130, and with the stock of available airframes in U.S. Air Force Reserve being sufficient. In February 1968, under the USAF program Project Gunship III, 26 C-119Gs were converted to AC-119G standard, initially taking on the name "Creep", but later assigned the callsign "Shadow".

In addition, Fairchild-Hiller, which was contracted for all the conversions, converted another 26 C-119Gs into AC-119Ks, primarily for the "truck hunter" role over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. These aircraft were called "Stingers" primarily in reference to the two M61 Vulcan 20-mm cannons they carried in addition to the AC-119G's four GAU-2/A miniguns. The AC-119K could be visually distinguished by the addition of two General Electric J85 turbojet engines in underwing pods. The conversions were completed at Fairchild-Hiller's facility in St. Augustine, Florida.

Project Gunship III, being a follow-on to the success of the AC-130 series, meant that the AC-119 was a more advanced aircraft in both its iterations than the AC-47. Even the TIC AC-119G featured some of the most up-to-date electronic countermeasures and radar equipment, as well as more basic technology, including an AVQ-8 xenon light, a night observation sight, and an LAU-74/A flare launcher.

The AC-119K, designed to hit trucks on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, was more advanced. Included in the conversion was the AN/APN-147 Doppler navigation radar, AN/AAD-4 forward looking infrared, AN/APQ-133 side-looking beacon tracking radar and AN/APQ-136 search radar.

The armament scheme for both aircraft was simpler than that of the AC-130. The AC-119G had a total of four GAU-2A/A miniguns in SUU-11A/A pods, all on mounts similar to those used on early AC-47s. Like late-model AC-47s, these were soon changed to the purpose-built MXU-470/A minigun modules. The AC-119K, needing a more powerful and longer range "punch" to take out vehicles, featured two M61 20-mm cannons in addition to the four miniguns of the AC-119G.


Controls

AG1 - Cargo Doors
AG2 - AVQ-8 Xenon light
AG3 - Nothing
AG4 - Nothing
AG5 - Nothing
AG6 - Nothing
AG7 - Interior Lighting
AG8 - Nothing
VTOL - Flaps
Trim - Trim

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Creators Note

The reason i made this plane is because sp doesn't have that many C-119s

TTDL

25/06/21

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s) +7 bonus
  • Created On Android
  • Wingspan 108.7ft (33.1m)
  • Length 86.5ft (26.4m)
  • Height 29.0ft (8.9m)
  • Empty Weight 41,756lbs (18,940kg)
  • Loaded Weight 51,621lbs (23,415kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.135
  • Wing Loading 18.2lbs/ft2 (88.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 2,837.5ft2 (263.6m2)
  • Drag Points 36039

Parts

  • Number of Parts 333
  • Control Surfaces 16
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    yes, but how do you make the text in the description a different size?

    2 months ago
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    @Warmonger5425 simply edit it and use the orthographic view to make custom screenshots

    +1 2 months ago
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    by the way, how do you put images and different size text in your description for your plane?

    2 months ago
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    I made the same plane recently and I am sad that it isn't on the "highest rated" page like this. The only difference between mine is that it doesn't have side guns and it has a less detailed cockpit. Nice plane!

    +1 2 months ago
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    @jaynnie071621 Thank you

    2 months ago
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    Really cool

    2 months ago
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    @AzureCorp thanks

    2 months ago
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    very noice

    2 months ago
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    @TatsuTheDemonLord só that's what they were, you couldn't it them in none photos

    2 months ago
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    @LieutenantSOT thanks

    +1 3 months ago
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    Astounding. Great job!!!

    3 months ago
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    @PapaKernels thank you

    +1 3 months ago
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    28.3k PapaKernels

    Absolutely beautiful!! Love the look of this aircraft!

    3 months ago
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    @CabritinhaPHUB wdym? the doors or the twin boom design?

    3 months ago
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    Nice but there are gaps on the back of the plane is it intentionally made like that?

    3 months ago