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    I have heard that WW2 aircraft generally had a one inch thick piece of bullet proof glass in front of the pilot or gunner, but was wondering about the rest of the canopy. In IL-2, the canopy gets holes but does not shatter completely. Was it Plexiglas, plastic, or some form of safety glass similar to automotive?
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    Originally posted by Sooocool:
    I have heard that WW2 aircraft generally had a one inch thick piece of bullet proof glass in front of the pilot or gunner, but was wondering about the rest of the canopy. In IL-2, the canopy gets holes but does not shatter completely. Was it Plexiglas, plastic, or some form of safety glass similar to automotive?
    I think the bullet holes in game are like the camera lenses flare .. pure artistic licence.

    As for what materials ... apparently in Russian planes early war a variety of cellophane that yellowed with age. Which explains the tendency of early war VVS pilots to fly sans canopy. It enabled them to see.
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    Don't know too much about this...but I keep hearing about some of the British and American planes having Perspex type glass (?). Or blown-Perspex. Not sure what its qualities were.
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    I also recall Perspex.

    Plexiglass is just a tradename of perspex.
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    Fighters got 'bullet proof' wind screens with the rest of the canopy perspex.
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