“We are not makers of history, we are made by history,” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Members of the 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron recently took part in a restoration project for the Memorial Air Park at Hurlburt Field. The team worked to restore the park by washing, sanding and painting memorials! : Senior Airman Miranda Mahoney
The Airfield ND the Park hold so much history including memorials and combat weapons
SPECIAL OPERATIONS USE At the height of the Vietnam Conflict, the AC-47 Gunship demonstrated the gunship’s awesome combat power defending bases. Since the AC-47 lacked sufficient air loiter time, the USAF searched for a supplemental gunship. Because the USAF was unable to detail further C-130s for gunship duties, the USAF settled on the C-119 in 1968. That year, the USAF reassigned 52 C- 119s from Pennsylvania and Indiana Air Force Reserve units. The USAF left 26 aircraft in the G- model configuration, which the Air Force referred to as “the Shadow.” They equipped the Shadows with four mini-guns. The 26 remaining aircraft were converted to K-models with the J85 Westinghouse underwing jet engine, four mini-guns, and two 20mm Gatlin guns. K-models carried the sobriquet “the Stinger.” From 1969 to 1972, the Stingers hunted enemy trucks, while the Shadows performed base defense missions.