Vzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 853 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5037 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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Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5543 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5035 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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