* The Air Force’s new AC-130J has been operating over Afghanistan for a little more than four months.
* In that time, the Ghostrider has been busy, and US forces on the ground can’t get enough of it.
It’s been just over four months since the Air Force’s AC-130J Ghostrider kicked off combat missions in the skies above Afghanistan, and the aircraft that the service once described as “the ultimate battle plane” and “a bomb truck with guns on it” is already bringing the pain on a daily basis.
Speaking to Stars & Stripes, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component–Afghanistan commander Col. Terence Taylor revealed that the Ghostrider has flown a total of 218 sorties amounting to 1,380 hours over roughly 130 days, which shakes out to an average of five sorties every three days since the aircraft first arrived downrange in late June.
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