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This photo is important because it is descriptive to several points. First it shows what a lot of the photos were like that were taken by base photo labs of individual pilots and their planes. In this case the photo is of a major who flew the night operations called "Shadow" out of Phan Rang. These men flew in AC-119s (C119 cargo planes converted to gunships for interdiction purposes). These planes were fitted with night scopes and miniguns that fired 4000 rounds per minute. In Laos they flew out of Ubon Thailand and were called "Spectre". The Spectre aircraft were very lethal looking AC130s and were used to interdict the Ho-Chi Minh trail. I flew in both aircraft and it was a very professional, no nonsense operation all the way.