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Notes

 

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B-52 STRATOFORTRESS
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BOMB BAY STUDY
 
The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat
 

 
See also: B52 Stratobomber.Notes Sub-Item Sub-Item Sub-Item
 B52 Illustrations  =  =

Real life - Standard Versions
The present notes only examine the conventional bomb carrying capacity of the B-52 as nuclear bombs are essentially ruled out in AAC, and the only stand off missiles available in the 1963-1967 time frame are carried externally.

The internal layout of the B-52 bomb bay allowed for 27 bombs stacked in a 3 3 3 manner. 
It is not know whether these racks were adjustable longitudinally, nor whether the bomb attachment and release mechanisms were ajustable vertically on these racks.

B-52A - B-52H : Standard Illustration B-52D : "Big Belly" Illustration
     

"Big Belly" modification applied to the B-52D
The bomb bay has been clear of any obstuctive equipment, allowing the full width of the bay to be used.  Fixtures has been intalled in the ceiling of the bay allowing three pre-loaded "clips" to be hoisted and hung from these structures.

Special load : the Multitask container - Illustration
Specific to the "RB-52B" and "B-52C" versions, a manned reconnaissance container could be hoisted inside the bomb bay.  Its installation required the removal of the bomb bay doors

     

AAC - Fantasy version
The version used in the game combines the capablities of the RB-52B, B-52C and B-52D "Big Belly" variants, together with the capacity to launch the AGM-28 stand off missile.  This B-52J is based on the 16 B-52B and 18 RB-52 which were equipped with twin M24 20mm tail gun.

The internal layout of the B-52J bomb bay differs significantly from the original basic layout and allows for larger number (up to 90) and a much greater variety of bomb types to be carried, either on racks or pre-loaded in clips.

B-52J : "Full Belly" - B-52J : using racks -
     

"Full Belly" modification applied to the B-52J
The bomb bay has been clear of any obstuctive equipment, allowing the full width of the bay to be used.  Stronghold has been intalled in the ceiling, together with a centrally aligned main beam, allowing three pre-loaded "clips" to be hoisted and hung from these structures or a secondary structure able to cater with larger or heavier loads.  Rack rails may be fixed to the ceiling stronghold.   A secondary structure may be installed by removing the central rack rails.  It is fixed on the ceiling strongholds

B-52J : "Full Belly" (same as above) - B-52J : Secondary structure -
     

Heavy loads : managing the M56 and T10 bombs
In order to cater with heavier than "standard" loads (re: typically four M56 4,000 lb bombs), ejector devices are then mounted on these structures.  Instead, special holding devices may be mounted to cater for outisized loads (re: the 12,000 lb T10 bomb "Tall Boy") allowing two of these to be carried.

B-52J : Secondary structure + M56 ejectors B-52J : Secondary structure + T10 suspension
     

Heavy loads : managing the T14 and T12 bombs
These extra large and extra heavy loads require the removal of all secondary structure, just keeping the ceiling strongholds and the main beam to both of which the specific T12/T14 suspension and release system is attached.

B-52J : Basic structure and central beam B-52J : T14/T12 suspension System
     

Special load : the Multitask container - Illustration
Like the "RB-52B" and "B-52C" versions, a manned reconnaissance container may be hoisted inside the bomb bay.  Its installation required the removal of the bomb bay doors

 

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