WHO SAYS U.S. DESIGNERS DON’T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR? During WW2 Germany developed a weapon system especially for night fighters which fired up from the aircraft into the enemy aircraft above. This worked well for aircraft of this speed BUT after the war US designers mounted it in a jet aircraft. Even with an automatic trigger and sensor system this would have to start firing BEFORE underflying the target. It didn’t work.
How did they expect the pilot to be able to fly after being blinded by muzzle flash? :-)
IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THIS WAS THOUGHT OUT TOO WELL. OFTEN WEAPONS DESIGNERS DON’T REALLY KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE ACTUAL USE OF THE SAME. TOO MANY EXAMPLES TO NAME BUT THE DAVEY CROCKETT ATOMIC RECOILLESS GUN SYSTEM IS HIGH ON MY LIST AND THE VIGILANTE 37MM GATLING IS RIGHT UP THERE TOO ALONG WITH THE 40MM SGT. YORK AA GUN SYSTEM.
Maybe something got lost in the translation in the U.S. postwar experiments with oblique armament, but in the original application by Japan and Germany (it was apparently co-discovered in both places) the attacking plane (a night fighter) flew formation below the attacked plane so that it was a no-deflection shot. JG
TRUE AND IT WORKED FAIRLY WELL AT LEAST IN THE GERMAN VERSION. IT MAKES NO SENSE IN A JET.