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  Glide bomb   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
A glide bomb is an aerial bomb that is modified with aerodynamic surfaces to modify its flight path from a purely ballistic one, to a flatter, gliding, one.
Glide bombs are often fitted with control systems, allowing the controlling aircraft to direct the bomb to a pinpoint target.
European air forces use a glide package with a cluster bomb warhead for remotely attacking airbases, and the US is in the process of deploying their own similar system based around the GPS guidance system.
bopedia.com /en/wikipedia/g/gl/glide_bomb.html   (1146 words)

 'Flying Falcons' - Glip Bombing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Skip bombing was good, but a better method of busting bridges had to be devised if the bombers were not to be eliminated as an efficient and economical low-level weapon against enemy lines of communication...
Bombs and guns could not be spared for such purposes in a theatre that not infrequently postponed actual combat operations because of a shortage of bombs or gas or both.
And particularly praiseworthy is the fact that in the perfection of ‘glip’ bombing, the airman continually exposed themselves to concentrated enemy fire, the type of fire that as a rule only fighters with their greater speed were intended to encounter.
www.341stbombgroup.org /intel/341glipbomb.htm   (1252 words)

 Chair Glides -- Recommendations and Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Properly, the term ''gliding'' refers to descending flight of a heavier-than-air craft when gravity (its own weight) is its sole motive force; ''soaring'' is the correct term to use when the craft gains altitude or speed from movements of the atmosphere during the flight.
Gliding is prominent in cyanobacteria, myxobacteria and the cytophaga-flavobacteria.
The glide ratio of an aircraft is often strongly correlated to the efficiency of the wing, known as the lift-to-drag ratio.
www.becomingapediatrician.com /health/29/chair-glides.html   (2023 words)

 Combat Tactics - The Syllabus
The glide bomb attack is especially well adapted to targets in rough terrain, which forbids the low-level attack, and for attacking targets at night when a clear view of the terrain and target cannot be maintained at low level.
Glide bombing may be effectively used by the B-26 on any targets vulnerable to all standard General Purpose bombs up to and including the 1,000 lb.
Parachute type bombs and VT fused bombs must be released from level flight, therefore are not considered adaptable to glide bombing.
www.13thbombsquadron.org /combattactics.html   (3110 words)

 Blohm & Voss BV 246 Glide Bomb Luft '46 Entry
The glide ratio on the BV 246 was approximately 1:25, thus if the BV 246 was dropped from an altitude of 7000 meters (23100 feet), the "Hagelkorn" could glide as far as 175 kilometers (109 miles).
The glide bomb was originally meant to be guided by a radio link from the carrier aircraft, but interest waned as the British began successfully countering German radio navigational aids.
Ten of the modified BV 246 "Radieschen" equipped glide bombs were tested on the Unterlüss test range, but due to the new equipment being under development, eight of the tests failed, although two of the tests were successful, landing within two meters (6 feet) of the target.
www.luft46.com /missile/bv246.html   (517 words)

 [3.0] World War II Glide Bombs (1)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The bomb could be preset to one of 18 different frequencies in the 48:50 MHz band to allow up to 18 bombers to each drop and control a glide bomb simultaneously.
Hitler had ordered that the glide bombs not be used against land targets, in fear that the Allies might be able to recover a dud and learn the secrets of the technology.
The bomb had a twin-fin tail assembly, and three solid rockets that could be fired by the pilot singly or in combination to provide boosts during the fall to the target to evade Allied fighters or perform the terminal attack.
www.vectorsite.net /twbomb3.html   (4883 words)

Successful deployment of the glide bomb requires the pilot to dive at his target, release the bomb, and pull away sharply to avoid his own weapon's back blast.
Glide bombs can also be packed with the air/hydrogen mix used in missiles instead of Greek fire.
Stingrays can carry up to 5 iron bombs in place of a glide bomb, but it must carry either 2 glide bombs or 10 iron bombs because trying to mix 5 iron bombs with a single glide bomb unbalances the Stingray and makes controlling it next to impossible.
members.nuvox.net /~zt.wolf/stingray.htm   (895 words)

 341st Bomb Group Aircraft - B-25J Specs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
A 515-gallon tank could be installed in the bomb bay for ferrying purposes, 125 gallons of fuel could be carried in side waist positions, a 215-gallon self-sealing fuel tank installed in the top of the bomb bay, and provisions could be made for a droppable 335-gallon metal bomb-bay fuel tank.
One of the problems with conventional torpedo bombing from aircraft is the need to approach the target in a low straight-and-level pass before releasing the torpedo, exposing the attacking aircraft to antiaircraft fire.
The glide torpedo consisted of a standard Navy torpedo attached to a jettisonable airframe that was fitted with wings and a tail.
www.341stbombgroup.org /aircraft/b25j.htm   (1845 words)

 Aerial Bombs
The 8th Air Force used 1000lb and 2000lb bombs for attacks on submarine pens, but these had little effect on the vast concrete fortifications that sheltered the U-boats most of the damage was done to the surrounding port area.
The General Purpose (GP) bombs used in the early missions were fitted with quarter second delay tail fuses with an extra tenth of a second fuse in the nose.
A basic 1000lb bomb, but with a special tail attachment which allowed it to be steered over a distance of 200 feet to either side of the point of impact from a heigh of 20,000 feet.
www.303rdbg.com /bombs.html   (842 words)

 The State of Precision Engagement
Bombing accuracy, coupled with zero friendly casualties due to enemy fire, was equally unprecedented.
Stealth was incorporated in JSOW to ensure surprise of attack, as well as to foil attempts to shoot down the glide bomb on its approach to target.
Early model GBU-10 and -12 Laser-Guided Bombs use full deflection of their fins when steered toward the target and typically must be used from higher altitudes and closer to the aim point because they rapidly use up their gliding energy.
www.afa.org /magazine/March2000/0300precision.asp   (3998 words)

 Untitled Document
At present we begin our glide, usually in twoship elements, at 15,000 feet, hold our airspeed down to 325 miles per hour, release our bombs between 7,000 and 5,000 feet, and either head for the deck or recover sharply up and to one side.
Attacks are coordinated from different directions and our bomb load varies from one 500 pounder under the belly to one 1,000 pounder under each wing and a 500 pounder under the belly.
When using a bomb load of only one 500 pounder slung under the belly, my approach is a shallow dive at about 370 miles per hour, leveling off around 50 feet and letting her go.
webpages.charter.net /jimdoss/12to1/Col_GG_Atkinson.htm   (1737 words)

 [4.0] World War II Glide Bombs (2)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The concept was that a glide bomb falling at a shallow angle into a target area had a high probability of hitting the side of a tall and presumably valuable structure, while ordinary bombs falling straight down hit almost anywhere within the target area.
Those who accepted the usefulness of guided glide bombs, on the other hand, found the the restriction to "azimuth only" guidance too severe, and wanted to wait until a fully-guided next generation weapon was available.
The suspicion was that they had tried to dump the bomb at low altitude because of an emergency, and that it exploded on impact with the sea and took out the aircraft along with it.
www.vectorsite.net /twbomb4.html   (4077 words)

 Supercars.net - WWII Arado Ar E.377
This Mistel project was one of the last glide bomb developments submitted to the RLM before the end of WWII.
The purpose of this flying bomb, which could be guided by remote control or a target guidance system, was to attack targets such as ships or large fixed objectives.
A standard SC 1800 bomb could also be fitted in the forward fuselage of the E.377 in place of the other explosive.
www.supercars.net /garages/Panzer/57v2.html   (434 words)

 GB Series
The weapon was to be a 900 kg (2000 lb) general-purpose bomb fitted with flying surfaces and a simple gyro-stabilization system for azimuth, so that it could be released by the bombers outside the enemy's main air defenses and glide towards its target.
The second motivation for using glide bombs was their shallow flight path, which made it more likely to hit a building in a city than a vertical bomb, which could easily fall into the many free areas of a city doing only little damage.
The GB-2 was 3.58 m (11.75 ft) long, had a span of 3.66 m (12 ft), glided at a speed of 497 km/h (309 mph), and used the same preset glide path principle as the GB-1.
www.designation-systems.net /dusrm/app1/gb.html   (1659 words)

 Bombs with Wings : Edwards Air Force Base   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The first flight of a Glide Bomb (GB) took place on Nov. 9, 1941 when a B-23 Dragon released the weapon at 7,000 feet over the lakebed.
The concept behind the GB was simple: a conventional 2,000 general-purpose bomb fitted with wooden wings and a simple stabilizing gyro.
Released at the start of a bombing run, the GB could glide to the target while the delivery aircraft turned away from the defender’s antiaircraft fire.
www.edwards.af.mil /moments/docs_html/41-11-09.html   (569 words)

 No. 1583: Glide Bombs
Glide bombs had first been used in WW-I. Dirigibles had tried dropping bombs with stubby wings that could glide into the side, rather than the top, of a target.
By 1943 the Germans were using glide bombs in combat.
America was developing its own glide bombs by then, and we imposed secrecy on the whole business.
www.uh.edu /engines/epi1583.htm   (572 words)

 Missiles Guided Weapons World War II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
During the bomb's fall, two wired coils on the wing tips unwound, so maintaining the link with the launch plane and allowing the transmission of electrical impulses for guidance.
The VB (Vertical Bomb) series were free-fall bombs to which a cruciform tail, radio receiver, tracking flare and vertical gyro were added.
This weapon was an ordinary 1,000 lb (454 kg) bomb with a gyro-stabilization unit fitted to the tail to maintain a stable attitude after launch.
www.ww2guide.com /missiles.shtml   (2849 words)

 Glide Bombs Modified To Hit Through Clouds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The guidance kit (similar to those used in JDAM gravity bombs dropped by B-2 bombers) will allow the Enhanced GBU15 glide bomb to strike within a few feet of its aim point, even through a heavy layer of clouds.
A classified number of bombs will be delivered to units to provide an initial operational capability at a cost of $7 million.
Another 1,200-1,500 of the weapons will be modified in the second phase of the program at a total cost of $50 million, which puts their cost at roughly $35,000-40,000 each depending on the number finally modified.
www.aeronautics.ru /nws001/awst003.htm   (713 words)

The AGM-130 is a rocket-powered derivative of the GBU-15 modular glide bomb.
It is comprised of a 2,000 pound bomb fitted with a target detector and mechanical control fins.
The AGM-130 is normally employed in an "indirect attack" mode, where the bomb is released at a pre-planned position and then guided to the target using data link information.
members.tripod.com /usfighter/agm130a.htm   (233 words)

 1.JmA - GB1 standoff bomb
While the German advanced air to ground, both the Fritz X guided bomb and the Henschel Hs 293 series of guided missiles are the best known examples of advanced weapons, most nations experimented with more advanced designs than the normal free falling bomb or the unguided rocket.
Early in 1941 experiments with glider bombs showed that a weapon that was launched from the bomber and then glided towards the target was indeed possible.
The glider had a 12 foot span, and was constructed with wooden wings and steel tube main spar, that was bolted to the fuselage frame that extended aft as twin booms to which a twin tailed wooden empenage was bolted.
www.1jma.dk /articles/1jmaglidebombs.htm   (988 words)

 Reach Glide Bomb Debuts at Asian Aerospace
Singapore -- On show here for the first time is the Reach glide bomb, the result of a 10-year collaboration between Singapore Technologies and Leigh Aerospace of the US.
Reach is a standard wing and guidance package which can be attached to any unitary bomb or dispenser and is compatible with almost any combat aircraft.
The Reach system attaches to the existing bomb carriage lugs and comprises a folding wing, with inboard elevons, a GPS guidance unit and a power supply.
www.aviationnow.com /shownews/00sing1/hardwr12.htm   (225 words)

 Shundahai Network
MOAB was dubbed Mother of All Bombs and played to the hilt by the Defense Department as part of a psychological warfare operation against Saddam Hussein in March 2003.
The glide bomb was test dropped at Eglin eight days before the Iraq war officially started.
The glide bomb -- it's steered by unique fins and guided by GPS receivers -- will be about 20 feet long and 30 inches in diameter.
www.shundahai.org /5-6-06TMCnet_Penetrator_Bomb_Slides_Under_Radar.htm   (559 words)

 Luftwaffe Standoff Weapons. HMT Rohna is sunk in convoy. USS Savannah survives mighty blast.
The rocket-engine-propelled glide bomb under the right wing of the Do-217 aircraft was controllable in level flight, in descent, and in banking left or right.
Facing no defensive night fighters, and night fighters were in their infancy in 1943, the mother plane with the guided glide bomb would hide in the dark side of sunset and use the bright side as illumination for prey.
And while facing defensive fighters, the guided glide bomb was usually launched from a mother plane at high altitude.
www.daileyint.com /wwii/picwar9.htm   (667 words)

 A Brief History of Precision Guided Weapons
Wire guidance was subsequently adopted when it was discovered the bomb's radio receiver was vulnerable to electronic countermeasures.
The next evolution involved the fitting of a bomb to a glider airframe, one version, the GB-4 having a TV camera to assist the controller with targeting.
Another successful guided weapon, a glide bomb, used in the Pacific Theater was the autonomous ASM-2 BAT.
www.tfcbooks.com /articles/tws10.htm   (2708 words)

There were many wire-, radio-, and television-guided bombs, either glider-type or self-propelled, that were used by the Germans and Americans during the war (e.g., Henschel Hs-293, GB-4), however, the Bat was the very first, fully-automatic, weapon system, the archetype of what we now term "fire and forget" weaponry.
Like the Navy, once a design is chosen (e.g., a bat) it may be shared among related squadrons in the same air group or combat wing, retained by a squadron for many years despite changes in their assigned mission (e.g., fighter to attack squadron), or reused by another squadron after the original unit is disestablished.
Though television was still in it developmental infancy, it was sufficient to aid the bombardier as he controlled the path of the glide bomb by radio-control.
biomicro.sdstate.edu /pederses/insignia.html   (2926 words)

 GBU-15 - Smart Weapons
The GBU-15 bomb is an unpowered, glide weapon used to destroy high value enemy targets.
The ITAG kit "straps on" to 2000-pound class conventional bombs to make a precision-guided weapon, and it will make it possible to plan attacks to take advantage of local weather conditions which may be favorable to minimizing the dispersal of released NBC agents.
Unlike current laser-guided bombs which can only be employed in clear air-mass conditions, the ITAG will be able to achieve 3-meter circular error probable (CEP) accuracy in adverse weather.
www.fas.org /man/dod-101/sys/smart/gbu-15.htm   (1051 words)

 Ideas WW2
The idea was to pack an aged bomber with 10 tons of explosives and fly it into the impregnable submarine pens on the French coast.
Few of either saw combat because of destruction of Japanese industrial capability by bombing, and because of the Japanese policy to use up the older airplanes as kamikazes and conserve the newer conventional and advanced types for the "final battle" - the inevitable defense of the home islands from invasion.
The J7W Shinden canard interceptor flew 3Aug45 was estimated at 466 mph.
www.ww2pacific.com /ideas.html   (3036 words)

 Hs 293 walkaround   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The weapon began development, as an air-launched anti-shipping glide bomb, in 1939, with the first experimental version being built in early 1940.
The rudder and elevators of the first experimental bomb were replaced by aileron control.
The initial glide bomb was found inadequate to penetrate a ship's hull, and from late 1940 development of a rocket-powered version began.
aircraftwalkaround.hobbyvista.com /hs293/hs293.htm   (246 words)

 Factsheets : GBU-15 : GBU-15   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Guided Bomb Unit or GBU-15 is an unpowered, glide weapon used to destroy high value enemy targets.
An external electrical conduit extends the length of the warhead and attaches the guidance adapter and control unit.
In Desert Storm, F-111F pilots used GBU-15 glide bombs to seal flaming oil pipeline manifolds sabotaged by Saddam Hussein's troops.
www.af.mil /factsheets/factsheet.asp?fsID=105   (666 words)

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