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"We do not consider that aeroplanes will be of any possible use for war purposes."
— The British Secretary of State for War, 1910.
|We had scarcely taken to the air when we started coming up with ways to use this new technology as a military asset. Early flying machines were first used to observe fixed enemy positions or troop movements. Inevitably flyers started shooting at ground positions and other aircraft using infantry small arms. Soon we advanced to more lethal weapons such as the 1" rapid fire buffered recoil cannon shown on the French biplane at right. By the time the Second World War ended, we had bomber crews of nearly a dozen men flying four engine heated and pressurized aircraft bristling with powered multi-gun turrets using advanced compensating sights, and capable of dropping bombs that could vaporize an entire city.|
This site was created to provide information on
Browning aircraft gunnery used by American forces during WW2. It is, at best,
an overview. I do not elaborate on the design intricacies of the weapons,
for instance, nor attempt to explain the functionality of a particular turret's
electrical or hydraulic drive system. Most of the information is provided
in the form of images from relevant sources accompanied by brief comments.
There should, however, be enough here to satisfy an interest in the basics
of aircraft gunnery. If it whets your appetite for more you can find some
further reading suggestions on the SOURCES page.
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