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  •  It did have some problems (8+ / 0-)

    The A-5 didn't have a normal bomb bay.

    It was supposed to eject the bomb out the back of the fuselage, between the two engines.

    I'm not sure it ever worked quite right.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:34:29 PM PDT

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    •  The wikipedia link... (3+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, lazybum, shortfinals

      Says the internal bomb bay did have problems ejecting cleanly. To make it more interesting, there were also 2 cylindrical  fuel tanks in the bay as well, which would be ejected out the back when emptied. There were (according to the wiki) 4 cases where they popped out during a catapault launch, one of which lead to the loss of  a plane.

      And the back seater in the A-5? Not the greatest job in the world - he had just two small windows. If things went bad on launch or recovery, well he might well be the last to know.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:18:00 PM PDT

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