The AC 119 gunship was an enhanced version of the AC119G Shadow. It was built during the second phase of the Gunship III program. The AC-119K had undergone several notable improvements in its design features. Its armament has included a quartet of 7.62mm miniguns of the “Shadow” and a duo of 20mm cannons. The J85 engines enabled the Stinger gunship to takeoff at a staggering gross weight of 80,400 pounds which is 15,000 pounds heavier than the AC-119G. The aircraft’s avionics capacity had also been significantly enhanced. Likewise, it had installations of a Forward Looking Infrared Radar system and a forward looking, terrain-avoidance radar. It retained the AC-119G’s 1.5 million candlepower illuminator, automatic flare launcher, and Night Observation Device features.
The “K” model was the final model of the AC-119 gunship. In 1973, they were turned over to the camp of the Vietnamese. During the so-called ‘Vietnamization,’ around 40 USAF crewmembers had been chosen to train the VNAF using the Stinger gunship. By having this wood model aircraft, you can somehow get a clearer picture of what had transpired back then. Be an instant celebrity among friends and family when you add this to your collection.