From: 20 yrs ago - SDO -> med down, w/BC glasses on
Just curious, I know this aircraft could dive with 2 x 250kg bombs, but if delivering a torpedo, did it dive or deliver it conventionally?
Dive bombing and bomb bays just don't go together.
Yes, the engineers at Curtiss and Aichi along with a few fools who tried to do it, would have tried to convince you otherwise but they were wrong and today we just know better. The issues are many and while you CAN drop a bomb from an internal enclosure while in a dive (any angle) IF you use the appropriate swings and flight parameters, your imparted accuracy on the bomb will be substantially inferior to having just used a mark on the windscreen and released the weapon in level flight. This is 100% of the time.
Think of bombing as playing darts with those cheap plastic things. With the bomb on an external rack/pylon and in or out of level flight you are still playing darts inside the bar. With a bomb in a bomb bay and flying in level flight you are playing darts outside on the deck and its a nice calm summer day. With a bomb in a bomb bay flying outside of level flight, you are playing darts outside on the deck and the wind just blew the chip bowel off the table.
Gary S (USN 1320, 1985-1993)
AOCS 1985, VT10 1985-86, VT86 1986, VS41 1986-87
VS32 1987-90 (NSO/NWTO, deployed w/CV-66, CVN-71)
VS27 1990-91 (NATOPS/Safety)
SFWSLANT 1991-93 (AGM-84 All platforms, S-3 A/B systems)