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Posted: 3/23/2006 6:07:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/23/2006 6:09:17 PM EDT by DriftPunch]
A view from behind the twin vickers in a sopwith. Note the levers for operating the toggles (to charge and clear the guns)

Obviously, this aircraft is post-interupter...

Link Posted: 3/23/2006 6:11:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:08:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:

Obviously, this aircraft is post-interupter...

img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/DriftPunch/Maui_2005/sopwithguns.jpg



Some pre-interruptor aircraft had guns that shot through the prop as well. The armour-plated the portion of the blades that might suffer damage.

NTM
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:09:13 PM EDT
Mmm, looks like Fokker prey to me.
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:10:17 PM EDT
wonder how long of a burst it would take to slow the plane down?
Link Posted: 3/23/2006 9:12:38 PM EDT
Imagine going back in time and giving that guy a tail gunner with a GE minigun on it.

Might be able to even the score up
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:46:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By LArifleMAN:
Imagine going back in time and giving that guy a tail gunner with a GE minigun on it.

Might be able to even the score up



The air service Vickers, Lewis, and Parabellum aircraft guns of the period were nothing to laugh at. This demonstrates just how good early guns were (and still are), and how guns in general reached a high degree of maturity very quickly. You could give the bolt of a brand new Remington 700 and the bolt of a 1891 Argentine Mauser to a non gun person, and they would likely not be able to tell you which one is an antique.

The Camel on the other hand, looks like it belongs in another dimension when viewed through todays eyes.

Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:38:40 AM EDT
Didn't Rodent fly one of those?
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:43:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bmick325:
Didn't Rodent fly one of those?



Yep. He had a checkered helmet.

The Checkered Baron.
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