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    hey what does this button do?

    http://www.newser.com/story/265905/m...ghter-jet.html

    i'm guessing somebody's looking for a new job.

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    That should not have happened. So many safeties in place to prevent that as well as strict rules to be followed. It almost had to be intentional.
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    Typically, battery power or generator power is required, gun safing pin removed, and the weight-off-wheels switch activated, and/or gear up and locked is necessary for aircraft guns to fire. This took a lot of effort to defeat all the safety features and prepare the gun to fire. Additionally, depending on the maintenance being performed, the ammo drum and the gun would be completely downloaded.
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    Dunno about the safety process on F-16s but with the M61 gun we had a shorting plug that had to be installed for the 330v firing circuit to be energized. Otherwise you just spit live rounds out (and looked like a jackwagon in the process).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkane View Post
    Dunno about the safety process on F-16s but with the M61 gun we had a shorting plug that had to be installed for the 330v firing circuit to be energized. Otherwise you just spit live rounds out (and looked like a jackwagon in the process).

    ah yes, the J6 plug .those were locked up in our arms room. but, every squad leader I knew "acquired" one of his own though we weren't allowed to have them.

    I knew it was time for me to retire when they put the VULCAN in a museum while I was still on active duty

    I still have my J6 plug . it's now a memento of my days on the M163 VULCAN





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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoulardi View Post
    ah yes, the J6 plug .those were locked up in our arms room. but, every squad leader I knew "acquired" one of his own though we weren't allowed to have them.

    I knew it was time for me to retire when they put the VULCAN in a museum while I was still on active duty

    I still have my J6 plug . it's now a memento of my days on the M163 VULCAN





    Me and my squad on the range at Ft. Stewart, circa 1989
    That track in the museum at Bliss (now Sill I guess) used to be in my platoon back in the day, when we shut down the unit all of our stuff went to the schoolhouse and the worst one was picked for the museum. I'm glad I stuck around, the Brad was so much more of a weapon system.

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    where were you stationed in Germany? I was in 2nd Bn 59th ADA in Schwabach from 75-78 and again in 80-84
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoulardi View Post
    where were you stationed in Germany? I was in 2nd Bn 59th ADA in Schwabach from 75-78 and again in 80-84
    3/61 in Budingen from 86-87. Never managed to make it back, DA had a nasty habit of sending me on stud tours when I asked to get back to the FRG.
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