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2017-11-20

  BACKGROUND  NOTES  

 
     
 

BB52J15  Stratocastle

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Bomb  Bay  Study

 
     
  The story which didn't happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat  
     
See also :
 BB52J15 Stratocastle - AAC Notes
NSV15US Comet - AAC Notes
BB52J Background Notes
BB52J Background - Bomb Bay
BB52J Background - Bomb Loads
BB52J Background - Range
BB52J Background - 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 cleared 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.  The Atlantic Air Combat™ BB52J15 is based on the (R)B-52B sub-variant which were equipped with twin M24 20mm tail gun.

The internal layout of the BB52J 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" concept applied to the BB52J
The bomb bay is 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

BB52J : "Full Belly" (same as above) - BB52J : 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 or special holding devices to cater for outisized loads (re: the 12,000 lb T10 bomb "Tall Boy") allowing two of these to be carried.

BB52J : Secondary structure + M56 ejectors BB52J : 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 but the ceiling strongholds and the main beam onto which specific T12/T14 suspension and release system is attached.

BB52J : Basic structure and central beam BB52J : T14/T12 suspension System

Special load : the Multitask container - Illustration
Mimicking the "RB-52B" and "B-52C", a manned reconnaissance container may be hoisted inside the bomb bay of the BB52J.

 
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