Started by The Rat, September 26, 2005, 03:21:27 PM
Quote from: sequoiaranger on November 26, 2008, 10:13:34 AMTWELVE .303's? ONE 37mm?Re: the 37mm--WHY?? it seems that FOUR 20mm's would put out a dose of explosive lead far in excess to that of a single .37mm. If it's for anti-tank usage, even the single-engined Hurricane carried TWO 40mm guns-- a SINGLE 37mm gun seems way under-armed for a twin-engined plane.
Quote from: joncarrfarrelly on November 26, 2008, 10:24:12 PMThere is an old debate on what that photo shows.What is known is that the extended and broadened nose was for the testing of a four-abreast mounting of belt-fed 20mm cannon.This modified nose is also stated to have been intended for a single 40mm (rather than 37mm cannon) mounting, however there is somedoubt that this weapon was ever flown. Evidently some have argued over the years that the photo does not show a 40mm cannon, ratherthey believe that it shows a 20mm cannon standing in for the 40mm.The twelve .303 mount was originally mocked up by Martin-Baker and it was built as a 'quick-reload' weapon egg (a fairing covered cadmium plated steel-tube structure mounting the guns and ammo boxes), the intent being that a pre-loaded egg would be swapped out for the empty one after a sortie.'Westland Aircraft since 1915', Derek N James, 1991 Putnam/Naval Institute PressJon
Quote from: GTX on November 27, 2008, 11:45:27 AMSomething I just threw together - a super, developed Whirlwind:Regards,Greg
Quote from: kitnut617 on November 27, 2008, 06:22:58 AMThat's very interesting Jon, would you know if the extended nose was also to enclose the guns for better streamlining. What would the two bulges be for on top of the nose just in front of the windshield ? Some .303's maybe to give it the same punch as a Mosquito/Beaufighter ?
Quote from: kitnut617 on November 27, 2008, 12:17:33 PMQuote from: GTX on November 27, 2008, 11:45:27 AMSomething I just threw together - a super, developed Whirlwind:Regards,GregLove it, what would it look like with the rear fuselage stretched out say three or four feet Greg, to offset some of that forward weight. As the fuselage is practically a straight tube it wouldn't have proved to be a problem I think.Robert
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