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  1. Thanks for the excellent information Dave and the great picture showing the link deflector! I haven’t seen many pictures of it, and since its use was discontinued after it was discovered that the links would damage the fuselage, I guess there aren’t an awful lot of them out there. There is a cover that is often attached over the cannon body. You can see it laying on the gun panel that is open. Do you know what the purpose of this panel was? Finally, does the DACO publication have any good pictures showing the three compartments of the ammo can that the ammunition
  2. Yes, not sure why this was placed in archived topics. Admin, can you clarify? Thanks.
  3. Does anyone have any detailed pictures or drawings showing the ammunition can for the F-104 M61 20mm Vulcan cannon? I would be very interested in seeing how the shells are loaded into the can, as well as how the shells are fed from the can to the gun. I would also be interested in seeing where the spent cases and links are collected under the cannon. I hope someone can help me out. Thanks!
  4. Does anyone have any drawings or pictures showing the location of the catapult spools that were used on the Seafire lb and llc? Were there four spools or just two? Did the bridle assembly only attach to the front spools? Finally, does anyone have a diagram that shows how the Seafire was attached to the catapult system? I gather that the Seafire lll launched off the carrier deck without using the catapult. Thanks everyone.
  5. Hi Tom. I found the answer. The 20mm cannon were fed from a single ammunition box located outboard of the cannons. The box was divided into two sections, with the inner box containing ammunition for the outboard cannon, and the outer box containing ammunition for the inboard cannon. There was a cover for the inboard box, so that ammunition for the inboard gun could pass over the inboard box. There is very good cutaway of this set up in the Osprey Air Vanguard book 'Allison Powered Mustangs" by Martyn Chortlyn. This is the only cutaway of the 20mm Mustang I cutaway that I have seen. It to
  6. Thanks Tom. This picture reflects the wing mock up for the installation of 20mm in the early P-51 Mustang wing. I am pretty sure it was changed substantially for the operational use of the cannons. Thanks again.
  7. Does anyone have any drawings or pictures showing details of the operational 20mm cannon installation in the early model P-51/Mustang IA aircraft? In particular, I am looking for details of the cannon installation in the wing and the ammunition feed chute arrangements. These drawings seem to be particularly hard to find. Does anyone know if the cannons were fed from one ammunition box or two? Thanks .
  8. What was the cannon fairing/circular cannon stub that was regularly fitted to the unused cannon bay on the "C" wing of Spitfires made of? Was it made of metal, wood, or something else? On a related note, what was used to cover the. 50 cal machine gun fairing on the Spitfire "e" wing? Was it red tape, or some type of premanufactured cover? The. 50 cal machine gun was installed in the inner cannon bay, while the 20 mm cannon was moved to the outer cannon bay. Thanks in advance. Roncl
  9. While we're on this topic, any idea why the Hurricane IIC did not have fairings for its four 20mm cannon? I think it was one of the few British Aircraft that did not have fairings over its cannon barrels.
  10. Thanks guys. As Edgar mentioned above, it would appear that the barrel jacket kept the cold air out of the gun compartments, and also protected the guns from moisture and dirt.
  11. I was wondering if someone might be able to answer a question for me. Both the P-47 Thunderbolt and F6F Hellcat had steel (silver colored) sleeves over their .50 cal machine guns. I have seen them called blast tubes, jackets and barrel sleeves. What was the actual purpose of these sleeves? Would anyone possibly have copies of the Erection and Maintenance (E&M) Manuals for these two aircraft (F6F - AN 01-85FB-2, P-47 - AN 01-65BC-2)? I am sure they would provide a definitive answer. The P-38 also used these sleeves over their four .50 cal guns, and in the P-38 E&M manual it is sta
  12. One other quote that I meant to add regarding the marking of targets with the .50 cal guns: In another book that I am hoping to get my hands on (Tactical Reconnaissance in the Cold War by Doug Gordon), I found the following quote with regard to the use of the RF-84F machine guns: “We flew all photo phases, mid-air refueling from the KB-29 and marked targets with the .50 caliber guns. There were no distractions, as this was a bare base operation. We lived in tents and our sole job was to fly, fly, fly.” It seems like later RF aircraft such as the RF-101 and RF-4 did not carry any armament
  13. Hi Everyone, The RF-84F Thunderflash carried two .50 cal machine guns in each wing outboard of the engine intakes (which I was not initially aware of). Once I found out, I presumed that they were for defensive purposes, but have come across a some information that states otherwise. In the book “Air Force Tac Recce Aircraft: NATO and Non-Aligned Western European Air Force Tactical Reconnaissance Aircraft of the Cold War” by Paul J. Wagner, it states: “The RF-84F Thunderflash initially retained four 0.50-in (12.7 mm) machine guns, which were relocated to the outer walls of the wing mounted e
  14. Hi Rich, Outstanding scans. Thanks very much for posting!! Very much appreciated. Ron
  15. Hi Rich, Thanks for the great information! I was not aware the RF-84F was armed. Definitely a surprise to me. Any chance you might be able to scan and post a few drawings showing how the guns and feed system were set up in that modified wing? The F-84, F-84F, RF-84F certainly is an interesting aircraft!! Ron
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