AFA-08: AC-27J Stinger II name revealed

Meet the newly-designated C-27J Stinger II and congratulations to the AFA’s Marc Schantz for being the first to tell me what the original Stinger was.


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27 Responses to AFA-08: AC-27J Stinger II name revealed

  1. Max 15 September, 2008 at 7:16 pm #

    So, now I’ll be the first to tell everyone else that the original was the AC-119K Stinger.

  2. rapier 15 September, 2008 at 8:30 pm #

    Nothing really new …..
    Quoting the book “Fairchild C-82 Packet and C-119 Flying Boxcar” by Alwyn T. Lloyd (Aerofax – 2005) ….. chapter “Gunships” ….. :

    “A number of C-119 also were converted into gunships, with the designation of AC-119 Shadow, under Project Combat Hornet …..
    Two version of Shadows were developed: the AC-119G had four 7.62 miniguns installed in a basic C-119G; while the AC-119K had an additional pair of 20mm Vulcans and jet pods for added power …..
    The AC-119K STINGER was made from the C-119G brought up to the AC-119G standard and then further modified …..”

  3. rapier 16 September, 2008 at 3:30 pm #

    Furthermore …..
    From “Gunships – A Pictorial History of Spooky” by Larry Davis (Squadron/Signal Publications – 1982) ….. page 42 ….. :

    “Because of the new 20mm cannon stinger, the new aircraft became unofficially the AC-119K STINGER.
    The crews adopted the name and used it for their radio call sign.”

    So …. it was not such a secret …..

  4. rapier 16 September, 2008 at 10:09 pm #

    Well, now we have the “Stinger II” …..
    But ….. Mr. Trimble, was the “Spartan Warrior” designation you credited last July an interim or a fake?

  5. Lead Gunner 17 November, 2008 at 1:18 am #

    I’d like to correct some information that Rapier left posted earlier.
    First there NEVER WAS two versions of a Shadow gunship,only one..the AC-119G Shadow gunship was it…This aircraft Shadow, was upgraded with the latest electronics gear,Two Twenty MM Vulcan cannons were added, a side looking radar and a FLIR..forward looking infared radar among other things. With a larger crew of ten aircrewmen. This model was then called the
    AC-119K “Stinger Gunship ” The call sign was later made Official as “Stinger” Stinger’s main mission was to fly and roam the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos destroying truck convoys.It’s secondary mission was support of ground troops that were pinned down by ground fire called.. TIC’s “troops in contact “Stinger soon became the Vietnamese’s worse nightmare after arriving in country.Numerious Russian tanks were also destroyed by Stinger Gunships. Only twenty Six Stinger gunships were built. None were ever to return home.I know, Because I am proud to say that I was an Aerial Gunner aboard “Stinger gunships with the
    18th SOS ( Special Operations Squadron ) 1970-72
    Bob La Rosa MSGT USAF RET

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