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Old 7 February 2018, 17:10
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Wasn't sure where to put this, but it's just downright cool. It's a training camera gun for Japanese air-to-air gunners, and it's for sale on eBay at $4500 Buy It Now.

According to International Military Antiques and Photo Gear-Heads, these cameras would be mounted in airplanes instead of the real thing as a way to train new gunners. When the trigger is pressed, the camera would begin snapping 18x24mm pictures on 35mm cine film loaded in 2.5m strips. The photos captured whatever the "gun" was aimed at, while an optical stopwatch (placed in the yellow tube up top) was recorded onto the photos using a prism. These images would be examined later to help improve the gunner's accuracy.
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Old 7 February 2018, 17:35
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Originally Posted by bobmueller View Post
That's cool.

70 years later fighters still use the same concept (HUD video) to score various training events. How many frames the other aircraft is in the HUD FOV, with proper aimpoint, plane and range, determines whether you scored a snapshot, tracking shot or kill. The major difference nowdays is that both combat and training are just two different on the same equipment, essentially just a flip of a switch.

Good addition to the man cave for sure. Anyone got 5 grand I can borrow? Wrong week to ask maybe
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