WEIGHT OF FIRE

How can you compare the power of the guns used on different aircraft? There is a formula that does just that

BRIEFING FILE

Under the skin of aviation technology and tactics

ARTWORK: IAN BOTT

From the earliest days of air combat, it was hard to hit an enemy aircraft with a single rifle-calibre machine gun. Even then, unless a bullet hit the pilot or an aeroplane’s limited number of vital parts, it would often simply not cause any effective damage.

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