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« on: 18 March 2010, 10:14:39 »
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Like the Vortex Gun, the Wind Cannon was also developed by a factory in Stuttgart during the war. It was a type of gun that would eject a jet of compressed air against enemy aircraft. It was a strange device consisted of a large angled barrel like a bent arm resting in an immense cradle like some enormous broken pea-shooter lying askew. The cannon worked by the ignition of critical mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen in molecular proportions as near as possible. The powerful explosion triggered off a rapidly-ejected projectile of compressed air and water vapor, which, like a solid "shot" of air, was as effective as a small shell. Experimental trials of the cannon at Hillersleben demonstrated that a 25mm-thick wooden board could be broken at a distance of 200m. Nitrogen peroxide was deployed in some of the experiments so that the brown color would allow the path and destination of the otherwise transparent projectile to be observed and photographed. The tests proved that a powerful region of compressed and high-velocity air could be deployed with sufficient force to inflict some damage. However, the aerodynamics of a flying aircraft would almost surely neutralized the effectiveness of this cannon. In addition the effects of the cannon on a fast-flying aircraft was quite different from that on a fixed ground target. Still, the cannon was installed on a bridge over the Elbe, but with no significant results -- either because there were no aircraft or simply no successes (as one might suspect). The wind cannon was an interesting experiment but a practical failure.



Barrel Length : 12m
Barrel Diameter : 700mm
Nozzle Size : 13mm
Range : 200m

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« Reply #1 on: 18 March 2010, 20:24:20 »
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interesting, never heard of the german experiments....

read more: http://discaircraft.greyfalcon.us/FAULKER%20FEUERSTURM.htm

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« Reply #2 on: 19 March 2010, 00:33:20 »
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CAUTION:

loudest indeed, you guys just ruptured my bass loudspeakers, they´re torn to pieces... 500+ Euros down the drain, as if I did not have enough disasters on my head already...!

I am really angry, why was there no warning from the poster?

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"War does not determine who is right, war determines who is left...": The Rattler Way Of Life (thanks! to Solideo)... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9v3Vyr5o2Q
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« Reply #3 on: 19 March 2010, 08:35:40 »
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CAUTION:

loudest indeed, you guys just ruptured my bass loudspeakers, they´re torn to pieces... 500+ Euros down the drain, as if I did not have enough disasters on my head already...!

I am really angry, why was there no warning from the poster?

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here it showed the title even without playing the vid.
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I had no problems listening to it
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« Reply #4 on: 19 March 2010, 11:03:17 »
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Yes, I saw the title later as well, my own stupidity it seems.

Onwards,

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