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
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wrote:

They did in fact provide limited rearward vision. Better than nothing until the advent of bubble canopies.
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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
On Fri, 07 Jul 2006 01:31:20 GMT, Al Superczynski

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Greg wrote:

I once heard a tongue-in-cheek requirement for a fighter pilot was to have a neck that allows head to swivel 360+ degrees.
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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.
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Umm, there isn't anything more than 360 degrees.
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UMM - he said "Tongue in Cheek" (Means 'Not to be taken literally)
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Not to mention, a spinning top rotates through a hell of a lot more than 360 degrees.
Doug Wagner
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On Sat, 08 Jul 2006 22:18:50 +0000, Doug Wagner wrote:

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.
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Jessie C wrote:

In strict mathematical terms, it rotates through 2pi radians many, many times per minute.
;^)
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Unless you're a pi/2 quadrant sort of guy, in which case just double the pace.
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Then double it again. ;-)
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What the shit does all of this have to do with the original question? Pete

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On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 01:42:22 +0000, thelaws wrote:

It has to do with pilots looking behind themselves, swiveling their heads through more than 360 degrees and squinting through those tiny windows...
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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 ;~)
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On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 08:05:20 -0400, Bill Woodier wrote:

Which is how the rest of the thread started...
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thelaws wrote:

Was the Spit the only fighter to use a rear view mirror?
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No.
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snipped-for-privacy@earthlink.net wrote:

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.
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