WWII warbirds have always interested me since I was a kid, I used to build model kits of P-51 Mustangs, Mitsubishi Zeros, Spitfires etc. A while back I posted a pretty cool video of the Twilight Tear, a P-51 Mustang test firing her six .50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns out to 75 yards at a specially built range.
I also posted about a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk test firing her guns but with blanks. I don’t believe these warbirds can actually fly with their guns in place in the United States, they’re usually taken out or replaced with replicas during flight. If anyone knows for sure correct me if I’m wrong. In that previous P-40 post there’s also a video of P-40s in New Zealand firing blanks out of their guns in flight at a show. Check out the video below of a P-40E Kittyhawk test firing her .50 cal Brownings at the Warbirds Over Wanaka air show in New Zealand.
The P-40 in all variants was the third most produced American fighter of WWII after the P-51 and P-47 and it was used throughout the war by the Allies. 13,738 in total were built. The P-40E model like the one in the video was armed with six .50 caliber machine guns.