CANNON AIR FORCE BASE -- The 27th Special Operations Wing is holding an aircraft dedication ceremony for an AC-130H Spectre gunship today at the Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., airpark.
The newly retired gunship is one of only eight in existence. Two have been reserved for permanent display; one at Hurlburt Field, Florida and the other at Cannon. The final six will be sent to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona over the coming year.
The AC-130H has seen more than 40 years of combat, playing significant roles in nearly every major conflict since the Vietnam War era; enduring decades of wear and tear. This monolith has been recognized as the worlds deadliest conventional weapon, by the Military Channel and Fox News.
Members with the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, have had the sole responsibility of inspecting, repairing and maintaining the fleet throughout their assignment at Cannon and even while they served in Vietnam.
Along with other agencies within the 27 SOAMXS, the 202 members of the 16 AMU have been working diligently to demilitarize each aircraft undergoing retirement, which including all modifications, is worth more than $200 million.
The AC-130H that will become a permanent static display, nicknamed Gravedigger, will stand as a reminder to those stationed at Cannon of the remarkable accomplishments achieved by the heroic men and women who have served alongside this powerful weapon system.
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