Heroic “Spooky 43” aircrew receives the Mackay Trophy

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) — On Nov. 2, 2016, fourteen AC-130U Gunship crewmembers provided close-air-support to a U.S. Special Forces team and 43 Afghan soldiers near Kunduz, Afghanistan. The crew’s persistent fire support, presence of mind and courage during two hours of intense combat ultimately saved 50 lives.

For their actions the aircrew of the AC-130U Gunship known as “Spooky 43” were presented the 2016 Mackay Trophy by Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson at an awards ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 29, 2017.

First awarded in 1912, the Mackay Trophy honors the most meritorious U.S. Air Force flight of the previous year, and the aircrew that demonstrated gallantry, intrepidity, initiative, resourcefulness and achievement of outstanding results in combat or non-combat conditions.




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