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Andrew Smith
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Definitely a Caudron R11; one of the better French types.

Any ideas on the gun in the nose? Looks a bit big for a Lewis. The 37mm Hotchkiss was fitted experimentally in some types; could it be one of these?

Adrian

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Any ideas on the gun in the nose? Looks a bit big for a Lewis. The 37mm Hotchkiss was fitted experimentally in some types; could it be one of these?

It's almost certainly a ground-rig Lewis with handgrip (instead of the butt). The shape of the cooling jacket, the top pan,positioning of pistol grip to magazine, etc., etc., is identical (though i thought it looked a little small - with the possibility of a slightly shortened barrel!).

dave.

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Now you come to mention it, it does look like a Lewis Gun. The position of the mounting looks like the gun is at an angle to the fuselage and not fore and aft which is why it looks a bit "odd".

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with the possibility of a slightly shortened barrel!
Dave, I think that is a rotational artifact - the gun is pointing off to one side, giving the illusion of being shorter. Definitely looks like a Lewis gun.

Robert

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Tom Morgan said:
Just out of curiosity - what's the little forked spike thingy sticking out of the very front of the plane?

Tom

An early form of pitot-static tube for ASI perhaps?

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What's the little forked spike thingy sticking out of the very front of the plane?

Tom

It's the pitot tube for the airspeed indicator; air pressure pushes down the tube and indicates the speed - the faster the speed, the greater the pressure.

Regards

Gareth

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Any ideas on the gun in the nose? Looks a bit big for a Lewis

It's almost certainly a ground-rig Lewis with handgrip (instead of the butt). The shape of the cooling jacket, the top pan,positioning of pistol grip to magazine, etc., etc., is identical (though i thought it looked a little small - with the possibility of a slightly shortened barrel!).

Ok, it must be a Lewis after all. What threw me (excuses, excuses!) is that it has the cooling jacket fitted, so those of you who are land war specialists recognised it immediately. Those used in aircraft, at least in British aircraft, had the cooling jacket removed as it was less necessary in the colder environment.

Adrian

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