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Fairchild AC-119 Shadow / Stinger Gunship / Close-Support Aircraft (1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 9/8/2009

The AC-119 proved to be a successful conversion of the C-119 base transport model.

The AC-119 series was a modified "G" model of the successful C-119 "Flying Boxcar" transport aircraft. The AC-119's would see service throughout the Vietnam War fulfilling a dual-role capability based on model type.

"Shadow" represented the adopted name by crews of their respective AC-119G models whereas "Stinger" represented the adopted name by crews of their respective AC-119K models. Though similar aircraft in many regards, the Shadow variants were called serve in the close-support and airbase defensive roles where Stinger variants would be called on to fulfill more aggressive hunt and destroy sorties. Concentration of the AC-119K variants revolved heavily on the Ho Chi Minh supply trail, as aircraft there were called to target the incoming and outgoing supply and troop movements as needed.

In 1972, control of at least 16 AC-119K models were transferred to the South Vietnamese Air Force, in effect deleting the original AC-119K group. In all, the AC-119 gunship models continued to prove the C-119 airframe as a highly successful and adaptable design.

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Specifications for the
Fairchild AC-119 Shadow / Stinger
Gunship / Close-Support Aircraft

Focus Model: Fairchild AC-119G Shadow / Stinger
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Fairchild Corporation - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1945
Production: Not Available

Crew: 6

Length: 86.38 ft (26.33 m)
Width: 109.28 ft (33.31 m)
Height: 26.64ft (8.12 m)
Weight (Empty): 40,124 lb (18,200 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 61,950 lb (28,100 kg)

Powerplant: 2 x Wright R-3350-85 Duplex Cyclone radial piston engines generating 3,500hp each.

Maximum Speed: 208 mph (335 kmh; 181 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,926 miles (3,100 km)
Service Ceiling: 23,294 ft (7,100 m; 4.4 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 950 feet-per-minute (290 m/min)

Hardpoints: 0
Armament Suite:
4 x 7.62mm miniguns

C-119 - Base Transport Model

AC-119 "Shadow" - Gunship Conversion Model Designation

AC-119G - Modified Gunship Model Designation based on the C-119G transport model; fitted with 4 x 7.62mm miniguns.

AC-119K "Stinger" - Gunship Model Variant; fitted with 4 x 7.62mm miniguns and 1 x 20mm cannon.

South Vietnam and the United States of America