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CorvusCorvax #21 Posted 18 May 2018 - 06:54 PM

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View PostNovaTempest, on 18 May 2018 - 04:49 PM, said:

Back to the topic at hand, To the OP - Trikke - I've mentioned before about crazy-large shells being used on aircraft.

 

Just to give you an idea, there was one particular Italian Aircraft, the P.108A, that had a 90mm gun mounted into it, which was then upped in caliber to 102mm.

 

The closest visual analog you are going to find on the internet is a 105mm shell, take this modern American one for example:

https://www.military...119-105mm_3.jpg

 

That shell caliber (the 105) is the same one that was used in the original M1 Abrams, there was an instance where that shell was fired directly at an Iraqi soldier during operation desert storm and he practically was reduced to thin air, though from what i heard this may have been slightly exaggerated.

 

the P.108A was to be used for anti-shipping, but if you wanted a guaranteed, absolutely surefire way to knock a large bomber out of the sky while in a plane yourself, the 102mm would be the largest possible shell at the time to have done it with.

 

Anti-bomber armament was one of the reasons behind the Germans using such large-caliber guns in the late war.  Bombers don't  move much, and getting a low-deflection shot isn't hard.  A slow-firing, low-velocity cannon can have success against that kind of plane.  Against a fighter, with a relatively high delta closure/deflection?  Good luck.



MacDaddyMatty #22 Posted 18 May 2018 - 07:29 PM

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View PostWorland, on 18 May 2018 - 01:39 PM, said:

We were told it only takes 3 hits from a 20-23mm high explosive shell to take down a modern fighter. The holes they make would range from softball to basketball.
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Of course, just like the rifle caliber and heavy machineguns, shot placement is key. Plenty of fighters out there that survived hits from canons.

 

yup...


Edited by MacDaddyMatty, 18 May 2018 - 07:31 PM.

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