"Flare Launcher"


Shadow Gunship flare launcher

AC-119G—A Shadow gunship flare launcher used by the gunship's Iluminator Operator for launching illumination flares and ground markers. Illumination was often needed by friendly forces to see the attacking enemy and ground markers (referred to as Lulu's) were used to mark enemy positions for the gunship and its fighter escorts.

(Photo courtesy of Mike McGee, Casper, Wyoming) Mike served in Vietnam as a communications guy with the 20th TASS at Quang Tri City, Phan Rang with the Airlift Control Element (ALCE), and also spent a few months with a Combat Control Team (CCT) out of Ban Me Thout in the Highlands.

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