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Old 2nd April 2021, 19:40
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.50 armament on US fighters 1939-41

Please can anybody tell me - during this period US fighters were armed with wing mounted .50 Brownings - were the weapons fed by drum or belt ? What sort of capacity in either case ?
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Re: .50 armament on US fighters 1939-41

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Re: .50 armament on US fighters 1939-41

Hi Pete.
Had you any fighter in mind? From 1922 to 1938 standard armament ( in noses) was 1x .30 and 1x .50 or 2 x .50s; wing guns when fitted were .30s. The P-40D (1941) and Kittyhawk I had wing .50s with 281 rpg. in belts with feed chutes.
The 6 wing guns on P-51s from 1941 had 500 rpg (inboard) (400 later) and 270 rpg in centre and outboard.
First P-47s 267 rpg or 300 (if 6 guns) and 425 (if 8).
As per the manuals. Presumaby these were max. loads.

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Re: .50 armament on US fighters 1939-41

I'm not aware of any drum fed .50 used in fighters.
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Re: .50 armament on US fighters 1939-41

Thanks guys, I guess I was pondering the P-40 types particularly. Thanks for your help.
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