Hello Folks -
From a previous thread, Steven encourage d me to post these photos of a Hythe Camera Gun used for training British and US (not sure on the French) during the Great War. I picked this up quite a few years ago and apologize for the quality of the photos as they were taken at that time.
It is complete and in quite nice shape. I have always wanted to try it out, but well, you know how those projects go. I have a reproduction set of sights to complete the proper 'finish' on and also an original US 1919 Air Service Bulletin on its operation. The grips are stamped RFC and I believe "C-1" but will have to check.
The gun operated, and was the same weight as an original Lewis, by aiming at another aircraft and pulling the trigger. The resulting images (see below) were then evaluated after being developed. There was a pin that perforated each negative and could only be reset after changing (removing and replacing) the magazine. The pin kept the trainee honest. Of course all this was while in flight. The plane below is a JN-4 Jenny.
Also included some period photo
Thanks for looking!
- Best regards, MikeS