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.
Infiltrating the Kremlin high command wasn't easy and the Soviets regularly shot down the spy planes we occasionally sent hurtling over the country with cameras stuck in' their bomb bays
. So, we had no real sense of whether the Soviets were planning to attack us or who would win if they did.
They get a call, saying "This is what we need you to go do." It's got three bomb bays
worth of stuff and it's got something different in each bomb bay
He gave the rest of the world an ultimatum: "Back me, or the bomb bays
open." They will anyway.
Those will include a new computer system that will allow it to launch different kinds of munitions from each of its bomb bays
. The operational testing of this system should kick off this summer.
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.
Especially interesting is the evaluation of the relatively short, deep bomb bays
that characterized American bombers versus the long, shallow ones on British heavies.
The bomb bays
opened and four bombs whizzed past the bridge.
We hung every conceivable type of pod on the wings of our A-3s and stuck project electronic paraphernalia in the noses, tail cones, bomb bays
, and flash bays, as well as in the cockpits and observer compartments.
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?