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Gutkowski
11-22-2005, 06:19 PM
Where did the saying (The Whole Nine Yards ) come from ??

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Gen. Sandworm
11-22-2005, 07:10 PM
Where did the saying (The Whole Nine Yards ) come from ??



Cant remember off hand but has something to do with the Navy doesnt it?

Topor
11-22-2005, 07:57 PM
There are loads of theories as to the origins of this phrase but it is generally accepted that it first appeared in the late 50's - early 60's.
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Length of MG belts
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11-22-2005, 09:11 PM
All I've heard of was the length of MG bullets.

Gutkowski
11-22-2005, 09:16 PM
You are right it ,It was the 27 feet of ammo the waist gunners had .Also the bombers were most vulnerable to attack when they were on their way home ,when the enemy saw the ballturret guns hanging down ,It was one of 2 things 1 out of ammo 2 or ball gunner was dead.
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Gen. Sandworm
11-23-2005, 10:59 AM
You are right it ,It was the 27 feet of ammo the waist gunners had .Also the bombers were most vulnerable to attack when they were on their way home ,when the enemy saw the ballturret guns hanging down ,It was one of 2 things 1 out of ammo 2 or ball gunner was dead.
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Topor
11-23-2005, 01:02 PM
Go to some of the places that discuss the origins of the saying & most dismiss the MG belt theory out of hand, especially as it didn't come into use until well after WWII.

Phreakuency
12-13-2005, 08:53 PM
I believe that it originally came from the army. When you used all of your machine guns ammo, you would use exactly 9 yards of ammunition. This I believe is where it originally came from.
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Gutkowski
12-13-2005, 09:04 PM
I actually got that bit of info from a friend that was a pilot in Vietnam
His bird of choice was the F4 Phantom