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The Flechette

Louis

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The plane had started to be used in the battlefield in 1911 as a reconnaissance vehicle.
But weapons engineers found other uses more aggressive as a launching grenades or other projectiles.-

Among those others was the flechette shells, a simple but very effective device to kill from the air.-

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"Flechette", a french word meaning little arrow or dart, consisted of a small steel rod about 10 inches long and weighing about 60 grams, tapered at one end and stabilizing fins at the other end.-

Airmen of the WW1 took their feet a box containing flechettes, and when they reached their goal pulled a rope that opened the box below, through a hole made in the bottom of the aircraft fuselage.-

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Gravity make to the rest. When the dart came to earth, was perfectly capable of passing through a steel helmet.-

During the WW2 was not used this type of weapon, but during the wars in Korea and Vietnam the U.S. military use a variant called "lazy dogs", some shells of 5 centimeters in length and 15 grams in weight.-
 
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