Re: 30,000 pound bomb supposedly largest..? Hmmmm.

On Aug 7, 10:10 am, "Geoffrey Sinclair" <gsinclai...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
"Rob" <teuton...@xxxxxxx> wrote in message


"Hitler's Luftwaffe", Salamander Military Press, Tony Wood & Bill
Gunston, 1990, ISBN 0861010051, pg 239:
"Perhaps the most fascinating of all the many projects with which
these capable monsters were associated was the carriage of a 17.7 ton
(18,000 kg, 39,690lb) bomb. The project got as far as flight trials,
despite the fact that not even a standard He-177 had much chance of
delivering such a bomb accurately- or even carrying it. The Me-323
specially modified for the test, was assisted off the ground by an
He-111Z tug. Shortly before letting the monster bomb go, the Gigant's
rear fuselage began to break. The crew managed to release the bomb,
but the giant aircraft went into an uncontrollable dive and crashed.
It was subsequently revealed that the structure had been weakened by
bullet strikes from US fighters which strafed the test field a few
days earlier."
Online there are more refs and lots of speculation on the modification
to the Me-323. While all agree that the bomb could not have been
slung, whether or not a bomb bay was built or the bomb came out of a
modified nose from a rail system is debatable. But since no pic has
emerged yet, there is no way to tell accurately.

The fascinating thing about this is the Me321, the glider version could
carry a payload of 22,000 kg, so an 18,000 kg bomb is quite possible,
provided the structure can handle the concentration of weight.

Meantime the Me323 payload was around 15,670 kg. So as a minimum
if needs to have over 2 tons of weight removed just to carry the bomb
before we factor in crew and fuel, 50 imperial gallons per engine would
add a long ton of weight.

Then comes the enjoyment of presumably a 5 engined aircraft helping to
tow a 6 engined aircraft into the air, al l11 engines running with the need
to make sure the Me323 does not catch up to the He111Z.

You would have thought the better arrangement was either an Me321
towed by the He111Z, or using the Me321 rocket packs on the Me323.

Next comes the problem of tipping out that much weight from the cargo
compartment without causing loss of control, presumably the cargo
doors would have to be modified as well. The Me323 empty weight
was around 27,330 kg and you want to move two thirds the aircraft
basic weight to the nose. The concept of a bomb bay would be more
credible but the size required and the need to cut the cargo bay floor
means it is a non trivial modification.

" It is obvious to see why the story is hard to believe."

LOL, that's an understatement! My favorite part is when no one noticed
the tail was shot up, even in a pre-flight visual, I'd rather fly with
and Hardy Airlines.

Geoffrey Sinclair
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