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XyZspineZyX
09-18-2003, 07:22 AM
If you already did not know where this term came from:

"the whole 9 yards..."

Here is where it originated:


The term "the whole 9 yards" comes from WW II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."


Just some info for us WW2 fighter fanatics!

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XyZspineZyX
09-18-2003, 07:22 AM
If you already did not know where this term came from:

"the whole 9 yards..."

Here is where it originated:


The term "the whole 9 yards" comes from WW II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."


Just some info for us WW2 fighter fanatics!

http://fluxout.homestead.com/files/Thx-32x.jpg


"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you"

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

XyZspineZyX
09-18-2003, 07:36 AM
I'm told that it actually reffers to the ammount of cloth needed to make a full suit.

It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for figher aircraft, because the P-38 had 450 rpg, the P-47 had 267 or 425, the Wildcat had either 450 or 250 depending on the model, the F6F, if I recall correctly had 370, and the F4U had 350 rpg.

In other words, nearly every plane had a different length of ammo, even when they used the same gun.

How many rounds of 0.50 is 27 feet anyways?

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Message Edited on 09/18/0301:36AM by HarryVoyager

XyZspineZyX
09-18-2003, 08:36 AM
http://www.yaelf.com/nineyards.shtml

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XyZspineZyX
09-18-2003, 08:39 AM
I think it was the British that came up with the term 'whole nine yards' and that is the length of the full magasines worth of ammo in a spitfire or hurricane.

JerseyD
09-18-2003, 09:00 AM
I tend to beleive this one

"From the "Word Origins" site: a concurring entry

One final possibility is that it does derive from American football, but was originally intended to be ironic. To go "the whole nine yards" was to fall just short of the goal."

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