Puff the Magic Dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon

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6 years 26 weeks ago, 11:27 PM

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Puff the Magic Dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon, was a GE mini-gun in a C-130 plane we used in Vietnam. We still use it in the C-130. Nice picture of a 155mm gun.

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5 years 40 weeks ago, 8:17 PM

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puffs

are awesome,ever notice how laid back artillerymen were,deadly too.

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5 years 40 weeks ago, 8:49 PM

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dont let this be picture shopped

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5 years 40 weeks ago, 10:02 PM

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in an area the size of a football field. Puff was
one bad ass aeroplane :<) We had all sorts of neat
shit over there.

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5 years 37 weeks ago, 8:51 PM

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or Spooky was a converted C47, the predecessor of the AC-130

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5 years 19 weeks ago, 7:07 AM

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As I recall

Spooky was the call sign for the AC 47 gunship squadron that was stationed in Vietnam. They nicknamed the ships Puff the Magic Dragon cause they circled overhead and belched smoke and fire (along with relentless amounts of 7.62 rounds)from 3 miniguns on their port side. Later on the AC-130 showed up with 8 miniguns/gatlings (7.62 and 20mm) and somewhere along they way they were called Spectre. Im pretty sure some of these were later on outfitted with 105mm along with some 20mm. Im sure I missed some details, (for any experts on the subject out there).

BTW Awesome picture!

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5 years 17 weeks ago, 9:41 PM

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the artillerymen are like "What? Havent you ever seen a 155mm howitzer before? You havent? Weirdo."

5 years 17 weeks ago, 10:33 PM

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23-12 your memory is right.. they did put 105's in the 130, i don't think the C47, but not positive.. Lew hows your memory on this did the 47 have anything besides the bofor and miniguns?

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5 years 17 weeks ago, 10:46 PM

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laying down a carpet of lead, something like one bullet in each sq ft in an area the size of a football field. A feller would not even be able to hide inside his helmet if he could fit inside of it:<) Airforce uses l-60 I think, don't they?

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5 years 17 weeks ago, 11:07 PM

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Remember the first time i saw one take off, and it pulled one MLG at a time.. Dumb kid, i thought something was wrong with it, pointed it out to an old chief who got a big kick outa me not knowing the hydrolics could only handle one at a time.

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5 years 17 weeks ago, 11:14 PM

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three 7.62mm miniguns, Raining hot lead :<)

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5 years 17 weeks ago, 11:32 PM

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Started mission in 64, had 56 hand droped flares.. the PPC (nav speak for L hand) could also fire all three miniguns.. in the first seven training, and 16 combat missions 179.750 rounds were fired, initial conversions were in 50 cal, then replaced with the 762 mini we all knew it had .. Fire control apparantly was almost non existent.. only one sight in the L hand window..

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5 years 12 weeks ago, 12:32 AM

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BIG GUNS!

GOD I LOVE BIG GUNS AND BIG TITTIES!!!

4 years 47 weeks ago, 6:58 PM

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The three minis in the old converted DC-3 would pile the .308 shells so deep so fast we had a coal shovel to clear them away.

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