Here are some exterior shots of the Mozzie recently restored to flying condition in Auckland. The restorers have done a magnificent job and she looks like she has come out of the factory brand new. I was privileged to get close access to her.
Four Hispano 20mm cannon. The breech mechanisms occupy the front third of the bomb bay. Plus four .303 inch Browning machine guns in the nose.
>Unfortunately the entire image and effect of a brand new >aeroplane was slightly marred by the bird poo on the back of >the prop in #5. >Robert
Birds aren't harmful, but they are vulgar! Marvelous images of one of my favorite WWII airplanes. Its one of my "Bucket List" planes.
Can anyone tell me why they shield muzzles of multiple machine gun/cannon installations on aircraft, like on the Mossie, or the tail guns of B17s, or stagger the lengths, as on wing-mounted fighter planes?
Muzzles serve several purposes - they reduce the flash signature of the weapon while firing - which could blind the pilot/operator and/or make it easier for the opponent to see/locate the firing aircraft. They also help redirect any residual gas emissions and debris away from the gun itself.