Many ammo collectors know little about the guns and platforms which deliver the ammunition. During my veteran’s Day visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 1 in DC - (# 2 is now open near Dulles Airport in Va.) I photographed the business end of the aircraft in the WW2 hall and have added the suitable ammunition section from our ammunition display.
The Italian fighter is flying away from view so no business end for it.
My old friend and master cross sectioner , Wayne Markov , inerted all of the cartridges for the display and did the sectioning.
The " Founding Society " died after this project.
Those interested in an ammunition museum could hold meetings in a telephone booth. Little interest or money.
Of course the Russian are thinking ; WHAT ABOUT US ? WE WERE IN WW2 ALSO!
NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT !
HOWEVER , This project was done during a period when the SOVIET UNION was not very helpfull. I traveled to the SOVIET UNION on 3 missions to attempt to obtain a WW2 aircraft for this museum. It never happened until after the museum was built and filled.
We were able to obtain a Soyuz spacecraft for the museum in exchange for an Apollo scapcecraft BUT the Soviet government was not interested in any deal for a WW2 aircraft at the time. Their answer was that they didn’t have any !
Later we did get a Sturmovic aircraft from them but far too late for this museum.