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Offline Bryank

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Original bomb load & unrelated landing lights question
« on: January 22, 2014, 05:46:59 PM »
Hi All,

We acquired some old Vulcan VHS tapes, mostly which are rehashes of various pieces/documentaries on the original construction and old display routines, however there are a few parts I've not seen before, including a very young looking certain crew chief   ;D

One piece shows three carriers fitted in the bomb bay with 10 x 1000lb bombs each, giving considerably more than the usually quoted 21 bombs?

Was this arrangement ever used?

Also I noticed a lot of the displays had the landing lights on for the duration? Any reason?

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Bryan

Offline Paddy Langdown

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Re: Original bomb load & unrelated landing lights question
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 08:16:29 PM »

I only recall 21 x 1,000lb bombs not 10. I have a feeling if you could put the extra 3 you would not be able to close the bomb bay doors.

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Re: Original bomb load & unrelated landing lights question
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 09:46:06 PM »
Cheers, Paddy - I've grabbed a couple of stills from the video showing the racks with their hydraulic jacks. Not great quality but you can see how the 10 bomb rack supposedly fits..


7 bomb racks..




10 Bombs(!)

Best British Pathe voiceover states an Avro first with three rows of bombs on one rack?

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Bryan







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Re: Original bomb load & unrelated landing lights question
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 09:50:54 PM »
there were plans for underwing pods full of bombs too.. I think I read upto around 80... i'll see if I can dig it out
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Re: Original bomb load & unrelated landing lights question
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 06:44:12 PM »

Also I noticed a lot of the displays had the landing lights on for the duration? Any reason?

Bryan

I think the landing lights are dependant on the aircraft speed (I stand to be corrected).  If the display was done at very slow speeds they would lower into position.
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Re: Original bomb load & unrelated landing lights question
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 08:43:36 PM »
I believe on the VDF they displayed with them on all the time purely to make themselves more visible, I think it's about 180-200knts the wind speed will blow them in.