Stuka - armored plating

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Stuka - armored plating

Post by jennifer garrity » 07 Apr 2003 18:01

Does anyone know about the clear, glass-like shield that is shaped like a bubble above the pilot and co-pilot on a Stuka...is that called the "armored plating" of the plane? If not, what is it made of and what is it called?

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Re: Stuka - armored plating

Post by Witch-King of Angmar » 07 Apr 2003 20:51

jennifer garrity wrote:Does anyone know about the clear, glass-like shield that is shaped like a bubble above the pilot and co-pilot on a Stuka...is that called the "armored plating" of the plane? If not, what is it made of and what is it called?
The armored plating of the D-series Stuka was composed of:

- 4mm thick steel pilot's seat;
- 8mm thick steel plate behind pilot's head;
- 8mm thick steel plate on the cockpit floor;
- 5mm thick steel plate on the rear gunner's cockpit floor;
- 8mm thick steel plate rear bulkhead, behind gunner's cockpit.

To my knowledge, the flimsy "glasshouse" above cockpit was not "armored"(bulletproof multi-layered glass).

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Post by Takao » 08 Apr 2003 02:09

The canopy or "greenhouse" of most WW2 bombers and fighters was not composed of armoured glass. If any parts of it were armoured they would be the pieces directly in front of the pilot. The Ju-87 D-1 version had a small patch of armoured glass on the windscreen directly in front of the pilot, but it's dimensions and thickness escape me at the moment.

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