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bomb bay

[¦bäm ¦bā]
(aerospace engineering)
The compartment or bay in the fuselage of a bomber where the bombs are carried for release.

bomb bay

bomb bay
An internal bay in aircraft for carrying bombs. It may be located in the fuselage, the wings, or even streamlined nacelles. A feature normally associated with bombers rather than fighters.
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Wearing my portable oxygen unit, carrying my parachute, I carefully crossed the narrow 4-inch catwalk through the bomb bay, the only thing between me and the earth 25,000 feet below.
A pair was in the aft bomb bay on August 6 to counterbalance the bomb in the forward bay.
Headquartered in Royston, UK, SDI Group Europe provides components for order fulfillment including pouch sorters, pusher sorters, bomb bay sorters, garment-on-hanger technology, tilt tray/carton sorters and related services.
Lockhead Hudsons were an American design converted to accommodate a pilot, navigator, air gunner and bomb aimer, not forgetting two homing pigeons (just in case), with a bomb bay, gun turret and emergency sea dingy.
His bomb bay doors opened, and the bombardier dropped the four 500-pound incendiaries they were carrying, setting the munitions factory afire.
The P-8A is based on a modified version of the Boeing 737-800 to include a maritime surveillence radar and electronic intelligence equipment as well as a bomb bay, under wing and under fuselage for weapons.
Allied contingency planners had devised a system whereby food could be air-dropped by bombers using panniers, known as "blocks." Four of these blocks could be fitted to a standard Lancaster bomb bay. Each block weighed 1,254 pounds and held 71 sacks containing sugar, dried egg powder, margarine, salt, cheese, tinned meat, flour, dried milk, coffee, cereals, tea, high vitamin chocolate, potatoes, etc.--all supplied from the British Ministry of Food's reserve stockpiles.
As the crew arrived over the drop site, Werth recalled, "A little red light came on to my left to signify that the bomb bay doors were open.
Our team discussed the discrepancy and agreed that we would assume that it was normal, based on the fact that this condition can occur when the bomb bay system is operated with only one hydraulic pump.
Next the plane was hit in the bomb bay and caught fire before Bowers was again struck by flak, almost severing his leg at the knee.
Next, the plane was hit in the bomb bay by an anti-aircraft shell and caught fire before Bowers was again struck by flak, almost severing his leg at the knee.