For a similiar variant, see C-47 Skytrain
The AC-47 Spooky (also nicknamed as Puff the Magic Dragon after a 1963 song of the same name) is a modified C-47 Skytrain built by Douglas Aircraft Company who later became McDonnell Douglas. Introduced in January 1965, it was the first of the series of gunships in the Vietnam War. The AC-47 is equipped with three M134 Miniguns mounted in three spots along the left side of the plane providing close air support and suppressing fire.
After initial trials, the plane was so successful in its role that a whole squadron of five planes built, and by the end of August after its introduction, at least 26 C-47's were converted to AC-47's. The Spooky is still service with the Colombian Air Force in modern times.
While slow and bulky, the AC-47 Gunship can rain death upon ground troops and vehicles alike. The pilot is armed with unguided bombs that can be dropped in groups of five. A total of twenty-five bombs are supplied. One bomb will destroy light vehicles, APCs, sampans, and light tanks. Two bombs will destroy an MBT. The bomb's blast radius is large and can be highly effective when bombarding enemy troops and bases.
Its secondary armament consists of two M134 Miniguns. These have a total of five-hundred rounds and can take down troops in about four to five hits. The miniguns can destroy vehicles such as sampans and jeeps in about eight or twelve hits, however they cannot destroy APC's and MBTs. Caution should be used when firing horizontally to the aircraft as the guns can hit the left wing and damage the aircraft.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth spots are the passenger seats. The passengers cannot use their weapons or equipment (like Wrenches). The passengers can, however, jump out of the aircraft and parachute down to an enemy base.
Despite its array of weapons the AC-47 Gunship has its flaws. Its speed is unusually low and this can lead to it being shot down as soon as its spotted. On the bright side it can take more punishment than any other aircraft in the game.