National Geographic : 1945 Mar
@ National Geographic Society Kodachrome, U.S.Navy, Official One of the Most Extraordinary Color Photographs Ever Taken-Six 16-inch Shells CaughtasThey Fly Through the Air With a tremendous flash, Missouri's two forward turrets let go at the far-distant target. To prevent the one-ton shells from "kissing" (interfering with) each other, the guns are not fired at exactly the same instant; hence the regularly spaced interval between the shells. Here theship uses smokeless powder. Atnight, when smoke is no telltale, she expends flashless powder. Blast churns the water in front of the guns. If the after turret werefiring, the crew would strike, orlower, the crane.