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How the GAU-8A Avenger works


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Nice video, thanks for posting that!

 

Does make me wonder though, what does the bypass chute do? It's not a feature on its smaller cousin, the Vulcan 20mm.

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the GAU-8 returns the spent casings to the to the ammunition drum. the ammunition weighs 3400 pounds before firing. returning the casings assists with balance of the aircraft. some M61 have dual ended feed and do return casing to drum. during testing it was noted that spent casings and links could get sucked into engine. that would be bad.

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