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North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco: Aircraft profile

The OV-10A was a twin-turboprop short takeoff and landing aircraft conceived by the U.S. Marine Corps and developed under a U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps tri-service program.

North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco: A right underside view of an OV-10 Bronco aircraft from the 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS). The aircraft is being deployed to Korea to participate in exercise Team Spirit '84.North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco: A right underside view of an OV-10 Bronco aircraft from the 22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS). The aircraft is being deployed to Korea to participate in exercise Team Spirit '84.

The first production OV-10A was ordered in 1966, and its initial flight took place in August 1967.

MC-130W Combat Spear: Aircraft profile

The MC-130W Combat Spear conducts infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of US and allied special operations forces in direct support of unified and theater special operations commands and U. S. Special Operations Command contingencies.

MC-130W Combat Spear side: The Air Force Special Operations Command’s MC-130W takes off on its maiden flight over Hurlburt Field, Fla., in 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Andy Biro).MC-130W Combat Spear side: The Air Force Special Operations Command’s MC-130W takes off on its maiden flight over Hurlburt Field, Fla., in 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Andy Biro).

MC-130P Combat Shadow: Aircraft profile

The Combat Shadow flies clandestine, or low visibility, single or multi-ship low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces by airdrop or airland intruding politically sensitive or hostile territories.

MC-130P Combat Shadow: US Air Force MC-130P "Shadow" from the 67th Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force, Mildenhall, over South Africa.MC-130P Combat Shadow: US Air Force MC-130P "Shadow" from the 67th Special Operations Squadron, Royal Air Force, Mildenhall, over South Africa.

MC-130 Combat Talon: Aircraft profile

The MC-130E Combat Talon I and MC-130H Combat Talon II provide infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory.

MC-130 Combat Talon: An air-to-air front view of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft of the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) during a Fulton recovery mission.MC-130 Combat Talon: An air-to-air front view of an MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft of the 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) during a Fulton recovery mission.

Secondary missions include psychological operations and helicopter air refueling

EA-6B Prowler: Aircraft profile

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The EA-6B Prowler provides an umbrella of protection for strike aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar, electronic data links and communications.

EA-6B Prowler: An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) flies a routine training mission.EA-6B Prowler: An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) flies a routine training mission.

S-3B Viking: Aircraft profile

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The S-3B Viking is an all-weather, carrier-based jet aircraft, providing protection against hostile surface combatants while also functioning as the Carrier Battle Groups' primary overhead/mission tanker.

S-3B Viking: Western Pacific Ocean (Oct. 20, 2003) -- An S-3B Viking assigned to the “Dragonfires” of Sea Control Squadron Twenty Nine (VS-29), flies over the Western Pacific Ocean during flight operations.S-3B Viking: Western Pacific Ocean (Oct. 20, 2003) -- An S-3B Viking assigned to the “Dragonfires” of Sea Control Squadron Twenty Nine (VS-29), flies over the Western Pacific Ocean during flight operations.

WC-130 Hercules: Aircraft profile

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The WC-130 Hercules is a high-wing, medium-range aircraft flown by the Air Force Reserve Command for weather reconnaissance missions.

WC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left front view of a WC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron on a mission to monitor and relay vital information on a typhoon to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).WC-130 Hercules: An air-to-air left front view of a WC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron on a mission to monitor and relay vital information on a typhoon to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

EC-130H Compass Call: Aircraft profile

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The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe.

EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.EC-130H Compass Call: An air-to-air front view of a 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130H Hercules aircraft flying over the German countryside. The EC-130H "Compass Call" aircraft is based at Sembach Air Base. Its mission is to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) to reduce the enemy's capability to wage war.

Lockheed AC-130H/U Gunship: Aircraft profile

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The AC-130 gunship's primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and force protection. Missions in close air support are troops in contact, convoy escort and urban operations.

AC-130H/U Gunship front: An air-to-air front view of an AC-130A Hercules gunship aircraft. The aircraft is from the 919th Special Operations Group (AFRESO), Eglin Air Force Base Auxiliary Field) 3 (Duke Field) Florida. Airman Magazine, December 1984.AC-130H/U Gunship front: An air-to-air front view of an AC-130A Hercules gunship aircraft. The aircraft is from the 919th Special Operations Group (AFRESO), Eglin Air Force Base Auxiliary Field) 3 (Duke Field) Florida. Airman Magazine, December 1984.

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