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Re: 50 Caliber Machine Guns
In a message dated 10/13/02 2:49:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time, AMPSOne@aol.com writes:
Oh -- they did try a .50 explosive projectile in Korea for the F-86 but as
they were unstable and tended to explode in the gun bays they were dropped
quickly after a short test period.
The 20mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) shells used in naval aircraft, would explode upon impact. A later version was developed that was bore safe, i.e. it had to make a certain number of revolutions before the firing chain would allow it to explode.
I had a friend in Iwakuni, who was almost killed by dropping such a round, and spent mucho time in the hospital recovering from the blast.