posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 01:18 AM
My reference books show a number of photos of Falcons cockpit with a black yellow safety flip tab over guns trigger. Must be flipped over to press the
gunstit. Also a series of master arm switches to take the weapons system off safe.
As a navy mate of mine said who serviced A-4s in the RAN back in the 70s and 80s.......If the'd been hit by the actual 20mike rounds you'd be able
to tell...for starters he thought 25 odd rounds would start a fire or two.
But high speed shell casings falling from 7000.....flukey bad luck but possible. But you don't strafe from 7000 feet with a 20mm..so malfunction? or
stupid very stupid pilot.
I dare not say "shooting down an AQ glider or little grey mens ship do I?
He also stated while they didnt experience it with the old 20mm it was possible for malfunctions to cause a runaway gun.
Cited examples. 20mm CIWS Phalanx ( a 20mm vulcan cousin) at Pearl malfunctioned in early 90s and fired a number of rounds into a deserted part of
.50cal on Navy LCT malfunctioned on a loaded safety test.
My own .......two occassions when old M60 GPMGs malfunctioned on live fires and continued to fire after the trigger was released. The drill was to
grab the rounds belt and twist it until it broke or jammed the gun.
Bit hard with a airborne Mach 1 20mm firing at 3000rpm I guess!
[edit on 9-11-2004 by craigandrew]