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Question About The .50 Cal Guns On A P-47

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:13 am

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why were the gun barrels not of equal length? does this design help/ harm thier operation?
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RE: Question About The .50 Cal Guns On A P-47

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:27 am

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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RE: Question About The .50 Cal Guns On A P-47

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:36 am

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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RE: Question About The .50 Cal Guns On A P-47

Fri Jul 30, 2004 4:30 am

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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