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pampa14
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A curious weapon

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Post by pampa14 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:09 pm

An interesting report with some curious photographs showing a Spitfire of the RAF carrying beer kegs under the wings. I've never seen this. Can anyone tell what the purpose of it ? To see these curious and unbelievable photos, visit the link below:


http://aviacaoemfloripa.blogspot.com.br/2011/01/um-armamento-curioso.html


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Re: A curious weapon

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Post by Raffles » Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:51 pm

I know I've carried beer kegs inside the plane :bingo:

Maybe they are depth charges?



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Post by Joeatc » Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:58 pm

Here is a scary future one...if in the wrong hands.

https://www.facebook.com/officiallexand ... 4/?theater

[bbvideo=853,480]http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=639635699510534[/bbvideo]



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Post by Raffles » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:02 pm

How much money is spent on war that could be used to build floating pubs? (Some) Humans are terrible.



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Post by Moertoe Pilut » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:00 pm

pampa14 wrote:An interesting report with some curious photographs showing a Spitfire of the RAF carrying beer kegs under the wings. I've never seen this. Can anyone tell what the purpose of it ?


According to the Spitfire Site: “the Heneger and Constable brewery donated free beer to the troops. After D-Day… there was no room in the logistics chain for such luxuries as beer or other types of refreshments. Some men, often called “sourcers”, were able to get wine or other niceties “from the land” or rather from the locals. RAF Spitfire pilots came up with an even better idea.”

Pylons mounted beneath the wings of Spitfire Mk IX fighters, designed to carry fuel tanks or bombs, could be modified to carry kegs of beer. In some cases, an adapted version of a long range fuel tank was also used for ale carriage and even received an official designation, Mod. XXX. Spitfire Site reports how aircraft equipped with the necessary beer keg mountings or Mod. XXX often had to return to the UK for “maintenance” or “liaison duties”, only to arrive back in Normandy carrying vital supplies for the war effort – chilled to perfection at 2,000 feet.



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Re: A curious weapon

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Post by Raffles » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:29 pm

Ah, so "depth charges" of a different sort :beer: :beer: :beer:



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