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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2020 10:27 p.m. PST

"The Mk 7 was an implosion-type device, which meant it was relatively large in diameter. The Mk 8 was a gun-type device, smaller but much heavier, of interest to the Navy because it could withstand the shock of hitting the ground or water at a high incidence angle and speed, making it effective against submarine pens and ships/submarines. The subsequent improvements were the Mk 11, replacing the Mk 8, and the Mk 12, which was notably lighter and smaller than the Mk 7.

The Navy's carrier-based candidates for the new bombs were the Douglas AD-4B Skyraider and the McDonnell F2H-2B Banshee, with the B suffix standing for the armament changes necessary to carry, arm, and drop the Mk 7 and Mk 8. While modifications to Skyraider were relatively minimal, the -2B required a larger strengthened pylon, inflight refueling capability, and landing gear modifications to increase the ground clearance in order to taxi and takeoff with the Mk 7 even with a retractable fin…"


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jdpintex30 Jul 2020 8:28 a.m. PST

I've always liked the Cutlass.

Not sure I would like to be the pilot of a Skyraider who had to drop a nuke. They were fast, but really????

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jul 2020 12:03 p.m. PST



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