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Lewis .303 inch Mk I machine gun, 1915

This model of Lewis was used on aircraft during World War One (1914-1918). Its low weight and air-cooling system made it ideal for flying. It could be used as an observer or gunner's weapon mounted on a ring in the cockpit, or as a pilot's forward firing gun mounted on the wing above the propeller on single-engined fighters. This mounting was necessary as the Lewis could not be synchronised to fire through the propeller arc.

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NAM. 1965-10-206-3


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National Army Museum, Battle gallery

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