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  1. Great work John, here is a video of early Cobra testing: Jari
  2. You can always mount it on a lorry: Jari
  3. Coming along great Tom, here is some info that may be of help for the bomb bay, pg 8, and the wing bomb cells, pg 17: http://lancasterbombersinfo.ipage.com/Data/Manuals/Stirling/AP1660C-and-D/Section_7-9/7.html Jari
  4. Here is a view of a -2 with the bays open: Jari
  5. I read somewhere that during the German invasion scare, bombers would do their normal night missions but during the day they would be on alert just in case the Channel was crossed. The Wellington in particular would have a full load of 18 250lb bombs, when it came time for the night mission the bombs would be downloaded and the load for the night be put up. Upon return the 18 250 lb bomb would go back on. Jari
  6. Here is a video showing a Wellington being readied for a mission, mainly from the armament point of view but the first part is about the aircraft prep: Jari
  7. I'm guessing this is the photo: the caption says: Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys of No. 102 Squadron refuelling during a press day at Driffield, March 1940. most likely after a training flight rather than post mission. Jari
  8. One more, in this pic you can see a red stand and some darker ones as well, you can zoom in pretty good on the photo: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205188753 Jari
  9. At the 5:40 mark in this video you see the cockpit section(s): Jari
  10. A couple more in b&w but they are a dark colour with some wearing on them: Jari
  11. A b&w photo of a nose section on the stand, doesn't look yellow: Jari
  12. A bunch of manuals here that may be of use: https://www.uh1ops.com/uh-1-resources Here is an example, one of several parts manuals: https://www.uh1ops.com/_files/ugd/9f78cd_6b8b8c3120c74f42a26e1b43cf591395.pdf Jari
  13. If you wish to add a bit more colour to your bombs, you can have a one or two as long delay bombs, at the 15:40 mark is the last bit prior to loading: Jari
  14. Several manuals here that may be of use: https://www.hnsa.org/manuals-documents/ordnance-gunnery-and-fire-control/ Jari
  15. Here are a couple of examples: This one doesn't look like it has them: but a close up of the same a/c note the wing root area is a different shade than the rest of the wing which seems to indicate the anti-skid is there: Also note the different fuel receptacle markings on the wings between the two aircraft. Jari
  16. Some useful details might be found here: https://www.docdroid.com/gRI6P3E/grumman-a-6a-b-c-e-and-ka-6d-intruder-flight-manual-pdf Jari
  17. The Navy 20mm gun pod, normally seen on A-4s and F-4s in Vietnam but it looks like the A-7 carried it as well, from the USS Oriskany Cruise Book: after being removed: How about an A-6 with one: Jari
  18. A closer view of the strut: Jari
  19. I guess that answers the question, Marcel you can always go to an earlier cruise- 1968-69, and squadron, if you still want Zunis: or a different carrier with a load of Mk-36 Destructors: no tanks needed. Jari
  20. For further reading, the USS Enterprise fire: https://www.jag.navy.mil/library/investigations/BASIC FIRE ON USS ENTERPRISE 14 JAN 1969.pdf in both these cases involving the Zuni rocket, other factors were the main cause not the rocket design so most likely they were put back into service quickly. Jari
  21. Trying not to veer too far off from the original post but here is a report of the USS Forrestal fire: https://www.jag.navy.mil/library/investigations/USS FORRESTAL FIRE 12 AUG 69 PT 1.pdf in brief, like all accidents a series of events and errors combined caused the Zuni to fire. The report states one major procedure that if had been done at the correct time and place, the pig tail from the TER to the LAU-10 pod installed just prior to launch and not on a crowded flight deck, there would not have been a firing. It is quite possible that the rockets were put on hold until they figured out why it went off and then put back in service since there was a war on. Speaking from personal experience, on the CF-104 in Germany we had a CRV-7 2.75" rocket launch on the ground, it was at the arming point and Scott (the tech doing the arming) following correct procedures set the pod switch to arm and then pulled the safety pin, the last step. The rocket fired as soon as the pin was pulled and it hit the blast wall where the a/c was pointing at. No human injuries, just one dead rabbit that lived at the base of the wall, and investigation found out some wires in the pylon had become loose over time and were making contact with the firing circuit. The fleet was checked, a hold on rocket use was in place until the problem resolved and we began using rockets again. Jari
  22. It looks like refurbished modules were painted grey or white, here are a some that got used in real life and they look YZC: http://fb-111.net/images/ED41xx.jpg Jari
  23. Here is a photo from the USS Enterprise 1974-75 Cruise Book showing Zunis were still in use then: One thing to note, just because there isn't a photo showing it doesn't mean it didn't happen. Numerous missions were flown daily for many days on end and not every load was photographed. Jari
  24. If you are wondering where the bombs were loaded, here is an example, with 7 1000lbs & 6 500lbs but you can adjust it to your load: The stations: Jari
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