Re: Bombing questions
- From: "Ken S. Tucker" <dynamics@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2009 12:24:00 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 5, 2:16 am, "Keith Willshaw"
"Ken S. Tucker" <dynam...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in messagenews:72e31177-e218-4095-8b00-c9726f5a3544@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
A favorite story is,
"Suddenly freed of its burden, the B-36 jumped up hundreds of feet in
just a few seconds."
Don't know if it's truth, but a big B36 losing a heavy Mk-17 suddenly
acquiring more Lift over Gravity sounds reasonable.
Lancaster crews dropping the 22,000 lb Grand Slam reported a climb
after weapon release but I dont recall hundreds of feet in seconds
being reported. Indeed film shows the separation as being remarkably
Well Keith, I think Jim has a good question.
The Theory of Flight is solid, a *prepared* pilot upon hearing
bombs away, would need to push the yoke forward and ease
off the throttle - ever so gently - to keep the bombadier on
target. I can get a sense of the coordinated skill.
We watched a TV show last night about Mosquito Pathfinders,
(my Old Boy trained to navigate them, he needed 1+ years of
navigation mainly studying trigonometry), and the fella's who
were interviewed called the navigator as the mission commander,
as he had to tell the pilot the speed, course, altitude etc. to make
sure the flares dropped on the right spot.
I hadn't realized that before, that the Mossy pilot was subordinate
to the navigator.
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