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The WWI Lewis machine gun for aircraft

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We don't often get to see in detail the weaponry used for aerial gunnery in WWI. This video shows the American version of the Lewis gun and describes the features which made it functional for aerial use. Of special interest is the way in which the movement of the sights compensated for the movement of the operator's aircraft. The second video shows the gun being used on the ground. The only thing it doesn't show is the removal of the magazine, which is explained in the first video.






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