lawman56 Posted November 11, 2013 Share Posted November 11, 2013 Here's a question that's been nagging at me for a few days. Hopefully someone knows the answer. In many of the WWII era photos, especially of British fighters, (but some American ones as well, as my avatar shows), I've noticed tape covering the gun ports. My assumption is that it basically cuts down on drag as air flows through the open wing ports. Here's what I've been curious about. When was it applied? Let's say our brave flier has returned from a mission where he has used his guns. Of course the tape has been blasted to bits, but when was it re-applied? I know at some point the guns would have been cleaned and serviced, but was the tape re-applied then, or after they were re-armed? Personally, it would seem they would be taped over after being re-armed and just prior to a mission. Sort of as a "flag" to let others know at a glance that the aircraft was "hot". But it also could have been right after they were cleaned, to prevent foriegn matter from entering the barrel. Any thoughts on this? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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