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"Libelous" misinformation

January 27 2009 at 3:31 PM
Bob Lamoreaux 

Response to Automatic cannon


I've been reviewing the various posts made over time regarding AAC and the company's ordnance. Tony Williams repeated some misinformation concerning AAC and the Mirandas that probably arose from an airplane enthusiast who didn't bother to check facts. Neither AAC nor the Mirandas claimed that the Bell P-39 Aircobra was designed around the AAC 37-mm cannon. However, the very first Bell Aircraft Corp. product, the Airacuda, was designed to mount two AAC automatic cannon in the nacelles. It has been reported that five other aircraft manufacturers, including Cylde Aircraft/Scottish Engineering in Great Britain, were designing aircraft that would be armed with the AAC 37-mm automatic aircraft cannon. (The Clyde was a Burnelli-designed craft, only one being built. The Clyde fighter to be armed with the AAC gun, dubbed the Comet, was never produced.) It is possible that the AAC Type F was to have been mounted in the tail position of the Fokker G.1. An airplane designed by Seversky, but never produced, would have mounted two AAC guns in the wings.

Now have somewhat over 200 manuscript pages completed on the AAC project! Hope to finish up before the year is out. Then comes the problem of finding a publisher. . .

Thanks to all who have been so generous with info, etc.

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