Unlike most aircraft surveys, this book cites day-to-day maintenance, repair, and logistics experiences and concerns that provide context to combat use of the bomber and an immediacy missing in some other works--the odor of gas in the bomb bay
from chronically leaky fuel lines, the conveniently hinged cowl for easy access to the double-row Pratt and Whitney radial engines, and how ground crews repaired flak damage.
Here's a funny thing, when I was flight engineer one of my jobs was to go from the flight deck through the bomb bay
to check the landing gear in the back.
The Board of Inquiry is expected to find that a fuel leak in the bomb bay
caused a massive mid-air explosion.
The former ground crew member, who resigned from the RAF because of the Nimrod's safety issues, said: "To have fuel gushing out of the bomb bays
would pose the immediate threat of a catastrophe.
He gave the rest of the world an ultimatum: "Back me, or the bomb bays
Those will include a new computer system that will allow it to launch different kinds of munitions from each of its bomb bays
The world comes clean as clouds in summer, the pure puffed white, soft birds careening in and out, our lives with a chance to drift on slow over the world, our bomb bays
empty, the target forgotten, the enemy ignored.
The bomb bays
opened and four bombs whizzed past the bridge.
Testers also performed vibration and acoustic testing in order to ensure vibrations in the bomb bays
were within acceptable levels, he said.
The SB-17s had been modified for the missions so that the agents could drop from the bomb bays
CAN any ex-Stirling air and ground crew tell me the interior colours of the fuselage and of the wheel and bomb bays
of this forgotten bomber?
As usual, we looked into the bomb bays
to see what we were dropping.