The 27th Special Operations Wing held a ceremony on Thursday, March 21, to unveil the Excalibur II, an AC-130W Stinger II, as a static display.

The ceremony honored the aircraft’s dedication as a wartime gunship and its numerous contributions to various operations.

A Legacy of Close Air Support

Heads up, aviation geeks and history buffs! Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico recently held a ceremony to honor a true legend: the AC-130W Stinger II gunship nicknamed “Excalibur II.”

This bad boy wasn’t just another plane collecting dust in a hangar. Nope, Excalibur II was a war hero, racking up an impressive career before finally getting a well-deserved retirement.