Was it a story about how you had to notify ground control to call back an aircraft that left the arming area with a streamer still hanging from a bomb rack
? There is an old adage that many of the best lessons learned in the Air Force were discussed during a social gathering and scribbled down on a bar napkin.
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Caption: Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Morgan Taylor adjusts a hook while inspecting a BRU-32 bomb rack
unit during the March 14 Boots-on-Ground event at Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic Detachment Oceana, Va.
Maintenance Control tasked us to reinstall a centerline pylon and a bomb rack
that had been removed from aircraft 300 to facilitate follow-on maintenance.
"We've recovered one of the Lancaster's huge wheel hubs with a large chunk of tyre, the back of an armourplated crew seat, one of the bomb bay doors and all the bomb rack
Government-developed software linked the console to the bomb rack
Among the tagged assets in the project were a torpedo container, a 500-pound bomb rack
, and a pallet of liquid supplies.
Pratt noticed the drop tank on the left inboard wing station was canted up, indicating at least a partial failure of the bomb rack
. He called the rest of the crew's attention to the issue.
Under a seven-month, $ 2.5 million contract Northrop Grumman will adapt the weapon bay fixtures to accommodate the new ordinance--currently the B-2 bays can handle 18,000 kg total or can be configured with a 'smart bomb rack
' that allows carriage of up to 80 500-1b (230-kg) GPS-guided bombs.
Currently, the B-2 is able to deliver a total of 16 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), but Northrop Grumman is about to deliver a new bomb rack
to the Air Force that would enable the stealth bomber to deliver 80 JDAMs--meaning that a single B-2 (seen here dropping inert JDAMs on August 27 at the Utah Testing and Training Range) could strike as many targets as five could using the legacy bomb rack
(or one B-2 conducting five separate sorties).
It has its standoff capability, plus once we have air superiority along with the B1, it is able to go in deep as it did in Operation Iraqi Freedom and take care of a large part of the target set, while reserving the B-2 for those most difficult missions where penetration is required; and as many of you know we tested a bomb rack
on a B-2 just a few months ago that dropped 80 individually guided 500 pound GPS bombs from a single B-2.
The software can be used over numerous platforms and present bomb rack