Nose guns of a P-38 Lightning aircraft lighting up the night sky as an armorer test-fired weapons after routine maintenance, date unknown

Caption   Nose guns of a P-38 Lightning aircraft lighting up the night sky as an armorer test-fired weapons after routine maintenance, date unknown ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 10 Mar 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
17 Aug 2010 10:36:56 AM

"EAT LEAD" Did you know that during the 1930's the U.S. had no 20mm weapon under development the Swiss, Germans and the French lead in this type of weapon. Before the fall of France an improved model reached England. The Hispano-Suiza design was added to the Spitfire Mk. V, and found its way into the P-38 Lightning. The P-38 was armed with four fifty caliber machine guns w/ 500 rounds per-gun and one 20mm cannon w/ 150 rounds.
2. Bill says:
17 Aug 2010 11:44:16 AM

"Watch Your Trigger Finger!" Short bursts only Total firing time for the P-38's weapons were 35 seconds for the .50 caliber manchine guns and 14 seconds for the one 20mm cannon.

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