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Question About The .50 Cal Guns On A P-47  
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5282 times:

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why were the gun barrels not of equal length? does this design help/ harm thier operation?

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User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

The barrel of each gun is the same length, but the guns are staggered. Moving from inboard to outboard, each gun is mounted further aft than the previous. As a guess, it may be that way in order to make it easier to route ammunition to each of the four guns in each wing.


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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5553 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5251 times:

Like with the P-38, I believe the staggering was done so that ammunition belts wouldn't criss-cross as to allow feed from ammunition boxes set side by side in the outer sections of the wings. Didn't help the guns themselves (aside from the benefit I just mentioned) or hurt, as the gun barrels themselves were all the same length, there was just more/less of it concealed within the wing (or nose in the case of the -38).

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30410 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5181 times:

Yup, and if you look at other fighters of the time, the same thing was done.

It is about the only way to route the ammo belts without makeing the wing thicker to route them over the top of the gun next too it.

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