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"Aircraft Armament and Pyrotechnics"

US War Department Technical Manual TM 1-409 of technical information regarding the properties, care, and use of ammunition, explosives, pyrotechnics, aircraft cameras, Air Corps chemical weapons, bombs, fuzes, and related items

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Aircraft Armament and Pyrotechnics

War Department Technical Manual TM 1-409 describing technical information regarding ammunition, explosives, pyrotechnics, aircraft cameras, Air Corps chemical weapons, bombs, fuzes, and related items

Reprint of the Rare 1941 Edition


A trove of esoteric military and pyrotechnics lore!

For a long time this book was a military secret. The cover is clearly marked "Restricted," which meant that this material may be given "on to persons of undoubted loyalty and discretion who are cooperating in Government work, but will not be communicated to the public or on the press."

It was published just before World War II, and carries details about many of the munitions and arms that were then standard for the Army Air Corps.

A highly-detailed document, loaded with hard-to-find information.  Inside you'll find a wealth of practical and technical information for: 

  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Aircraft cameras (machine-gun)
  • Chemical weapons used by Air Corps
  • Aircraft machine guns (.30 and .50 caliber)
  • Synchronizing
  • Aircraft machine-gun sights
  • Bombs for aircraft
  • Demolition bombs and fuzes
  • Fragmentation bombs and fuzes
  • Bomb racks, bomb hoists, and tow targets
  • Duties of armament officer
  • References
  • Index
Just a few of the many fascinating topics in this once-restricted book are:
  • Properties of high and low explosives
  • Black powder
  • Smokeless powder
  • Compound propellants
  • Mercury fulminate
  • Explosives trains
  • TNT
  • Design and fabrication of ammunition
  • Packing and handling ammunition and explosives
  • Opening, inspecting, and loading ammunition cases
  • Handling of misfires
  • Field storage of explosives and ammunition
  • Aircraft parachute flares
  • Aircraft pyrotechnic projectors
  • Colored star parachute signals
  • Photo flashbombs
There's also much excellent information for the safe handling and use of pyrotechnics, explosives, propellants, and other high-energy materials.  This alone could save your life, if you work with fireworks or amateur rockets!

This is a book by “the experts,” loaded with photos and scale drawings, tables, and charts.  The entire volume is both an education and an entertaining “read.” 

Here's a small sampling of the fine illustrations:


Serious rocket experimenters, pyrotechnicians, fireworks hobbyists, historians, and amateur scientists deserve a copy of Aircraft Armament and Pyrotechnics in their library.  Read it.  Study it.  Learn the safest ways to handle energetic materials.  This Technical Manual might save your life.

We offer this rare digital reprint, printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  It’s is an attractive, quality-bound volume--a jewel of a book.  It has 124 pages, an excellent index, and measures 8.5 x 5.5-inches.  $14.95     

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