AIR: Firepower

Trussed up like a shoat bound for market, a Curtiss Kittihawk fighter plane spewed bullets into a wood and earth bunker at Buffalo. In the Army's first public demonstration of warplane firepower since Pearl Harbor, the gas-pipe-like guns threw more than 387 Ib. of lead and armor-piercing steel per minute, clattering like a dozen riveting hammers inside a caisson.

The Army was willing to show that armament—it was yesterday's—but the number and caliber of guns on the Warhawk, successor to the Kittihawk, was as much a military secret as Republic's P47 Thunderbolt,...

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