Reply to post: Re: I take objection to "Shooty McBangbang"

Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

James O'Shea

Re: I take objection to "Shooty McBangbang"

I didn't even mention the brilliant, just brilliant, original design for the Hawker Hunter jet fighter. The Hunter was armed with four automatic cannon, which worked quite well. There was a problem, though. Sometimes Hunter pilots would report engine trouble after firing their guns. In one case, a pilot had to eject (using a very unreliable first generation ejection seat) because the engine failed. Investigation revealed that the guns were placed so that the spent ammo casings were ejected directly into the engine's air intake, and the engines had problems due to foreign object damage, the foreign objects in this case being empty shell casings chewing up the turbine blades. The Hunter, as designed, would shoot itself down. They moved the guns and their ejection ports. Problem solved. The Hunter went on to be one of the best British fighters of the 1950s.

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