c0ck pit glass

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  1. J dog

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    #1 J dog, Nov 1, 2013
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    hey guys I know that the glass for c0ckpits of planes were designed to be bullet resistant but how well did they perform and did they really make a difference?
     
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    There are photos around of fighters taking direct hits on the windshield and while in some cases the damage emitted splinters onto the pit's face, for the most part they stopped the round.
     
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    An armoured glass windscreen comprised a substantial, and heavy, laminated armour.

    [​IMG]

    The rest of the "glass" on most aircraft, as on the Bf 109, was about as bullet proof as tissue paper.

    [​IMG]

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    thanks the glass apperantly works better than I thought, except on the BF109 haha I wouldn't want to be that guy.
     
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    Maj. Gilbertson survived flak damage to his P-51's cockpit.

    Looks like it held up fairly well, all things considered...

    P-51-Maj-Merle-Gilbertson-damage[750].jpg
     
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    There was a Hellcat pic posted IIRC that was almost blasted off, but the pilot made it back.
     
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    If we consider that the engine was a shield for the pilots body, plus armored glass, plus rear head shield, plus some not-so-thick side steel plates, the main concern musted have been a shoot comin from, say, 3 or 9 high, or a flak burst. Someone agree?.
     
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