- For the upgraded variations introduced in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, see the article "AC-130U Spooky"
25mm Gatling cannon
The AC-130U Spectre is an armed gunship manufactured by Lockheed Martin in conjunction with Boeing IDS. A combat-oriented version of the C-130 Hercules transport, it is designed to bombard ground targets with a variety of heavy ordnance.
The AC-130 Spectre is a large and bulky aircraft. It measures nearly a hundred feet in length and a hundred fifty feet across the wings, and its four turboprop engines generate a lot of noise. This makes it easily detectable by ear and radar.
- Dimensions (length, height, wingspan): 97'9"x38'6"x132'7"
- Maximum Speed (cruise, combat): 185 mph (407 kph, 154 knots); 300 mph (660 kph, 250 knots)
- Maximum Range (combat, nonstop): 1050 miles (2310 km); 2530 miles (5566 km)
- Operational Ceiling: 30,000 feet (3030 m)
- Turning Radius: 6500 feet (1969 m)
- Powerplant: 4xAllison T56-A-15 turboprops
- Weight (empty, loaded): 75,743 lbs (34,428 kg); 175,000 (79,545 kg)
- Crew: 14
Several versions of the AC-130 exist, each armed according to their purpose. The one featured in the Ace Combat games is the U variant, which is equipped primarily for air-to-ground combat.
- 1x25mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon
- 1x40mm L/60 Bofors cannon
- 1x105mm M102 howitzer
Appearances in the Ace Combat SeriesEdit
Air Combat 22Edit
In Air Combat 22, the AC-130 Spectre appears as an enemy aircraft.
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung WarEditIn Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, the AC-130 Spectre is a ground attack aircraft used by theYuktobanian military.
In the mission "Desert Arrow", two AC-130s appear in the proximity of the allied Viking Squadron as they make their way to the enemy headquarters. Another two to three units are featured in "Heartbreak One", where they attempt to attack Jack Bartlett's escaping convoy. In-game, it is identified simply as "AC-130".
The Spectre is classified as a heavy aircraft, meaning that it can endure three missile impacts before being destroyed. As well, it will occasionally fire its weapons at the player, and while this is very uncommon, their shots are very lethal especially on the higher difficulties, as the plane's weapons have more or less the same power as an AA emplacement or an enemy fighter's guns.
Ace Combat 6: Fires of LiberationEdit
A pair of gunships are seen attacking Emmerian ground forces in Ortara Airport in the mission "Anea Landing," Later on, a third Spectre is featured in the mission "The Moloch Desert," in which it conducts attacks on an Emmerian ground battalion invading an airport south of the map.
In gameplay, the AC-130 is a gunship, meaning that it is completely defenseless against aerial attacks. Its main strength lies in its armor, which provides it with higher than average defense.
Ace Combat: Assault HorizonEdit
In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the AC-130 is a playable aircraft. It only appears in the mission "Spooky," in which the player takes the role of Set Operator Spencer Miles, one of the minor characters in the game. It's the player's duty to help Shooter Squadron support the ground unit.