P-40 Warhawk Test Firing it’s .50 Cal Machine Guns

Remember our past post about the P-51 Mustang test firing it’s six 50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns? I stumbled upon a few pretty cool videos showing some Curtiss P-40 Warhawks test firing their .50 caliber machine guns as well, this time with blanks.┬áThe P-40 first flew in 1938 and was used until the end of WWII. While it didn’t perform as well as the more popular P-51 Mustangs it was the third most produced American fighter right after the P-51 and the P-47 Thunderbolt. I’ve always liked the look of the P-40, especially with the Flying Tigers shark face paint scheme.

Here’s another P-40 test firing it’s guns in New Zealand.

And another video from New Zealand of a few P-40s firing their guns in flight, with blanks of course. I’d like to see something like this at air shows more often.

Ray I.

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  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Its machine guns. Not it’s, damnit. And people wonder why the gun community is seen as stupid.

    • Phil Hsueh

      Yup, its is the possessive form of it while it’s is a contraction of it is.

    • Heretical Politik

      That particular mistake irritates me too, but I could not resist:

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Settle down, Beavis.

    • Blake

      Oh yeah; those minor grammatical mistakes are what makes people think the gun community is stupid. Not the vast amount of moronic statements by fringe and ignorant members. That’s stupid, it’s obviously the minor grammar mistakes.

      • TheSmellofNapalm

        They certainly don’t help

      • jerry young

        it’s just the internet spelling police out trolling for a minor mistake just so they can show off how smart they are! who cares about such a small mistake? oh yea the stupid internet spelling police, I wonder how much it cost for their college degrees just to show off on the internet? look ma I know how to spell real good!

        • georgeIIII

          Tru dat !

  • Hudson

    You will not see this in the USA as the FAA doesn’t like anything to fall from the sky, flour bombs, shell casings, UAVs, etc.

    • Bill

      I think most of the “firing” guns are shooting ignited propane, which I’m not sure I’d want to do in any of the older canvas and dope planes.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Didn’t John Belushi test fire his P40 guns in the Spielberg WW2 documentary “1941” ?

  • Bill

    I wanted to paint a shark’s mouth on my patrol car, but noooooooo, that’s not community policing. Neither is playing “Flight of the Valkyries” over the PA/siren speaker, apparently.

    • Todd

      You need a department with some vision!

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Move to Texas.

    • scaatylobo

      A ‘few’ years back I did play that over the P.A. system on my unit = glad no one blew me in.
      BUT the time I got on ,right after Bruce Willis did “Die Hard” .
      I got on the p.a. and gave THE LINE ” yiiipppeee kaaaiiii”.
      But got a 2 day suspension anyway !!


    I like the idea of the airshow guns in the sky !! Only one problem, getting whacked
    with the ejected empties or links is NOT fun. The 20mm Hispano empties from the
    Skyraiders in RVN could kill the ground troops. Just saying !!!!
    CWO John Miller US Army (ret)

    • jcitizen

      Now that the A -10 Thunderbolt is being retired, I bet they wished they had those Skyraiders back!

      • parabellum

        Or maybe a few of the T-bolts in their original P-47 form.

  • guest

    And here I am still hoping to see a ShKas in action, in any shape or form.

  • Tothe

    Modding a model P-40 for Warhamer 40,000 as an Ork dakkajet. *Awaits charges of heresy*

  • jcitizen

    Too cool! Now I know what it must have been like for ground personnel to witness firing aircraft! Watching the Battle for Briton was amazing I bet!