Darby Perrin, an Oklahoma City artist and Air Force Reservist, made two oil paintings of AC-119 Gunships that tells about the highly dangerous missions flown by the aircrew of the 71st, 17th and 18th Special Operations Squadrons during the Vietnam conflict beginning in 1969. The oil paintings were donated to the United States Air Force Museum by the AC-119 Gunship Association.
Perrin remarkably brought to life the dangerous missions of the Special Operations Squadrons who flew the AC-119 Gunships during the Vietnam War. The first painting featured the AC-119G Shadow and the second, the AC-119K Stinger Gunship as they flew during their secret missions in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during the conflict in Southeast Asia.
The AC-119 Gunships are known with destroying countless numbers of trucks and supplies on the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. Moreover, the AC-119 Gunship are also credited in saving hundreds of lives in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia during their four years of operation.
The scenes depicted are based on first-hand accounts of its crew members who flew and maintained the mighty war bird. The paintings will hang in the Air Force Museum’s new Vietnam War learning center when the exhibit space is complete.
“With more than a million people visiting the Air Force Museum each year, we have an opportunity to tell our story,” said Rogers Stevens, AC-119 Gunship Association president and former gunship pilot. “Through these paintings, visitors to the museum can see the virtually unknown gunships in action.” “Through the remarkable talent of Oklahoma artist Darby Perrin, our history is now preserved for future generations to see.”
Manufactured by the Fairchild Aircraft, the AC-119G Shadow and AC-119K Stinger were twin-engine piston-powered Gunships developed by the United States during the Vietnam War. Its role during the wartime is the ground-attack aircraft and close air support gunship.
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