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    On the engine pods of the P-38, there seems to be a pair of old Lewis guns, but they don't fire. Are they really Lewis'es, and if so, why don't they fire?

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    On the engine pods of the P-38, there seems to be a pair of old Lewis guns, but they don't fire. Are they really Lewis'es, and if so, why don't they fire?

    --Jenny
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    georgeo76's Avatar Senior Member
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    I think those are the superchargers your looking @.
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    Those are the P-38's Turbochargers, for high altitude flight.

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    Ah, turbochargers eh. Well, I was close
    BTW Korolov, I like your new Sig.
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    Yup, superchargers would be behind the engine and not nearly as large.

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    Originally those were the wells for two R2 droids. Then they decided to put a pair of Spaniards with Lewis guns, but they realised that this would imply excessive force, and after all they were researching A-Bomb in Los Alamos. Finally, they were used as fridges, to keep the drinks cool, and left the Lewis there, well, because they were cool, and that fits with a fridge, mmm?

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    You're forgetting that those paticular Lewis guns weren't liquid cooled, so the drinks ended up much hotter than the drinks equipped on theB-17s.

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    you guy's should leave the glue alone
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    the B29 had arguably the best drinks fridge of any operational world war II aircraft
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