A few days ago, or maybe more for all I know, we discussed Second World War US Army machine gun cartridges, providing a color illustration of the basic sorts of rounds and making a vague promise to do the same thing for the Navy at some point. Well, friends and neighbors; today is that day. The day for the Navy machine gun ammunition. A promise kept, as it were.
The following information is taken from the Aviation Ordnanceman's manual, NAVAER 00-80T-65 dated 1958. That's later than WW2, to be sure, but the rounds described were still in use, primarily in the turret mounts of the Nav's remaining patrol bombers. On the other hand, if you're modeling The Second World War and plan on detailing out a .50 caliber gun, you'll need this information:
Ball: The standard round, used against personnel and "soft" targets.
AP: Armor Piercing.
API: Armor Piercing Incendiary
API-T: Armor Piercing Incendiary, Tracer
These are specifically cited by the manual as aircraft rounds and have direct counterparts in that Army manual we cited a minute ago.
You knew it was coming, right? Right! Here's an illustration depicting 20mm aircraft ammunition and showing the different types used:
High-explosive Incendiary Yellow ogive, red body.
Incendiary Blue ogive, gray body.
Armor Piercing with Tracer Black.
Target Round Black.
If the weapon in question is the Mk 12 gun, the colors are:
High Explosive Red.
Armor Piercing Incendiary No Color
Target Round Green
The projectile in a 20mm round is large enough to make stencilling viable. Since we're discussing these things as they would apply to a model airplane we aren't going to get involved with what was stencilled on the ammunition, but a quick glance at the illustration above will show you where it is and what it looks like, just on the off-chance that you're manic enough to want to duplicate it. (And I promise you, somebody will duplicate it on a model. Different strokes...)
The Big Bang; Second Verse But Different From the First
By popular demand, here's some more bomb stuff for you out of the same manual. The publication date is far enough along to include all the Aero shapes that were used in the Vietnam Unpleasantness and gives a pretty fair overview of what's what the Navy was hanging off its airplanes during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Sorry, Gang; no color this time around!
Next time we talk about air-launched weapons we'll discuss rockets, but not today. I'm all weaponed-out for the time being!
Why You Don't Want to Loan Your Airplane to Other People
Warhawks on the 'Canal
A lot of folks know that the AAF operated P-40s out of Guadalcanal, but many aren't aware that the 18th FG operated P-40Fs from there. Here are a couple of shots from my collection to round out the day.
Gettin' to the End of Things
I recently ran a couple of shots of an EA-6B and a couple of F-14s that were taken by Rick Morgan. The photos were right where they should have been, safely tucked away in my files in the appropriate folders. The photos were all labeled on the back, also as they should have been. The documentation for them was/is undoubtedly in the letter that Rick sent to accompany the photos, and that letter is, alas, nowhere to be found.
Why, you may rightly inquire, am I mentioning this? Well, there's another error to correct! (Lordy, how I wish I could use that "Relief Tube" name with a clear concience again; I'm really beginning to need that department!) The easiest way to fix things is to let Rick explain so, without further ado:
I finally noticed the shots of the TR's nose art you put up. This was actually done after the war, when we were bored with the lack of flying. VF-41 did it without asking permission, CAG Fallon thought it looked good and most of the other squadrons followed suit (neither of the F-18A units did for some reason). We ended up with a contest and the VAW-124 submission won.Thanks for the correction, Morgo. You guys did some seriously neat artwork on those airplanes!
The art remained until we our first port call in the Med, in May, when it was supposed to come off. Somehow the E-2 unit managed to cover theirs up and they unveiled it again for the July fly-off into Norfolk. Rick
Also, for long-time (and long-lost) friend Mark Morgan: Mark, if you're reading this, would you drop me a line at email@example.com please? It's the right thing to do!
And that's what I know. Be good to your neighbor and we'll talk again soon.