P-40 and P-47 windows ?

On either side of the P-40 and P-47 fuselage, aft of the rear cockpit bulkhead, there are windows. They are so placed that the pilot would have a very difficult, if not impossible, time looking out through them. What could they possibly be for? Please enlighten me. TIA Pete

Reply to
thelaws
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They did in fact provide limited rearward vision. Better than nothing until the advent of bubble canopies.

Reply to
Al Superczynski

Imagine driving your car with the back and rear passenger windows blocked off. Talk about a blind spot!

True, it's hard to "check six" in a razorback style aircraft, but if the pilot is swiveling his head like he wants to stay alive, those rear quarterlight windows let him see from five to seven! A little fish-tailing and he's covered.

Greg Reynolds, IPMS

Reply to
Greg

I once heard a tongue-in-cheek requirement for a fighter pilot was to have a neck that allows head to swivel 360+ degrees.

Reply to
Don Stauffer in Minnesota

Grins.. the famous silk scarf from WWI served a purpose. It was to prevent neck chafing as the pilot has to keep rotating his head frequently to check behind and sides.

--- Stephen

Reply to
Stephen Tontoni

Umm, there isn't anything more than 360 degrees.

D> > Imagine driving your car with the back and rear passenger windows

Reply to
frank

UMM - he said "Tongue in Cheek" (Means 'Not to be taken literally)

Jack G

Reply to
Jack G

Not to mention, a spinning top rotates through a hell of a lot more than

360 degrees.

Doug Wagner

Reply to
Doug Wagner

Well, it you really want to divide rabbits, it only rotates 360 degrees, but it does it again and again and again many hundreds of times per minute.

Reply to
Jessie C

In strict mathematical terms, it rotates through 2pi radians many, many times per minute.

;^)

Martin

Reply to
The Collector

Unless you're a pi/2 quadrant sort of guy, in which case just double the pace.

WmB

Reply to
WmB

Then double it again. ;-)

WmB

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WmB

What the shit does all of this have to do with the original question? Pete

Reply to
thelaws

It has to do with pilots looking behind themselves, swiveling their heads through more than 360 degrees and squinting through those tiny windows...

Reply to
Jessie C

I don't know of any pilot, or any human being, for that matter (except, perhaps, Linda Blair) who can rotate their head more than 360 degrees ;~)

Reply to
Bill Woodier

Which is how the rest of the thread started...

Reply to
Jessie C

Was the Spit the only fighter to use a rear view mirror?

Craig

Reply to
crw59

Goodness, no.

They were pretty much standard on US/UK single seat fighters.

The US installations just tended to be a little cleaner than the Brits' installations - most US a/c had the mirror in a streamlined fairing - or, in the case of the F6F and F4U, inside the canopy itself - rather than the unstreamlined exterior "add-on" approach used by the Brits.

For instance, that little "bump" on the top of the P-38 canopy is the fairing for the rear-view mirror.

Cheers and all,

Reply to
Bill Shatzer

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