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The term "gunship" is used in several contexts, all sharing the general idea of a light vessel armed with heavy guns.


In navies, the term originally appeared in the mid-1800s as a less-common synonym for gunboat. The multinational Combined Task Force One Five Zero (CTF-150) The British Grand Fleet, the supreme naval force of World War I A rare occurrence of a 5-country multinational fleet, during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Oman Sea. ... A gunboat is literally a boat carrying one or more guns. ...


More recently, a "gunship" has been used to refer to helicopters to which machine-guns and similar weapons systems have been mounted, or a fixed-wing aircraft with heavy guns on board. The etymology of this usage is obvious, since pilots often refer to their aircraft as "ships". The recent application of the term for military aircraft is more specific, describing a vehicle that is capable of hovering or circling its target instead of performing strafing runs. According to such a definition, the AC-130 Spectre/Spooky or the AH-64 Apache are gunships. A helicopter gunship is a military helicopter armed for attacking targets on the ground, using automatic cannon and machinegun fire, rockets, and precision guided missiles such as the Hellfire. ... A . ... The bayonet is used as both knife and spear. ... An Air France Boeing 777, a modern passenger jet. ... Not to be confused with Entomology, the study of insects. ... For other uses, see Aviator (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The AH-64 Apache is the United States Armys principal attack helicopter, and is the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. ...


Such examples of fixed-wing aircraft are AC-47 Spooky, AC-119, and the AC-130. The Douglas AC-47 Spooky was the first in a series of gunships developed by the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. ... The AC-119 Shadow and Stinger were developed during the Vietnam War. ... The AC-130 Gunship is an armed variant of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. ...


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Many science fiction stories and games feature "gunship" as a class of armed spacecraft, with a high payload relative to their small size. Examples of science-ficton gunboats include Cygnus Assault Gunboat from TIE Fighter, a Star Wars video game and the Arachnid gunboats in the Starfire-universe. Most sci-fi "gunships" appear to follow the general principles of the helicopter gunship such as the Republic LAAT/i Gunship in Star Wars. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... In the fictional Star Wars saga, the Alpha-class Xg-1 Star Wing Assault Gunboat is a Imperial starfighter constructed by Cyngus Spaceworks. ... Starfire can refer to a number of things: The F-94 Starfire is an American jet fighter plane A science-fiction novel by Charles Sheffield Starfire, the DC Comics superhero An office of the future prototype by Sun Microsystems A science fiction strategy game called Starfire, it is owned by... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is an epic science fiction-fantasy, Star Wars started as a outer space saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas, behind the story during the late 1970s. ...

  • A Gunship is a hostile partially-organic helicopter in the video game Half-Life 2.

In some stories and games, "gunship" refers to a type of combat spaceship resembling a "flying gun", i.e. a big, powerful weapon accounting for most of the length of the ship (typically at least 0.1 km), with engines at the rear and a small (compared to the weapon) crew area near the front. Gunship is an AH-64 Apache helicopter simulation that was released by Microprose in 1986. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... The New Class modernization program was a project by the New Republic of the fictional universe of Star Wars. ... This is a list of humanoid and synthetic forces employed by the Combine empire in Half-Life 2, a 2004 first-person shooter. ... Half-Life 2 (HL2) is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game that is the sequel to Half-Life. ... Ariane 5 lifts off with the Rosetta probe on 2nd of March, 2004. ...


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The term "gunship" is used in several contexts, all sharing the general idea of a light vessel armed with heavy guns.
More recently, a "gunship" has been used to refer to helicopters to which machine-guns and similar weapons systems have been mounted, or a fixed-wing aircraft with heavy guns on board.
Most sci-fi "gunships" appear to follow the general principles of the helicopter gunship such as the Republic LAAT/i Gunship in Star Wars.
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