Ejecting bombs from the top of an aircraft instead of dropping them from a bomb bay or pods beneath the wings is currently being investigated by the U.
Ejecting bombs from the top of an aircraft instead of dropping them from a bomb bay or pods beneath the wings is currently being investigated by the U.S. Air Force.
This film shows the first sled test of the upward ejection system on March 7 of this year by the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. For this run, the sled, powered by two Matador boosters, reached a velocity of 835 feet per second (approximately 570 miles per hour) at the time of ejection. The dummy store ejected was 13.5 inches in diameter and 38 inches high, cylindrically shaped. Water braking was used to stop the vehicle after the ejection.
Primary objective of these runs are to see that the ejection system functions properly, that the store separates cleanly from the vehicle and to observe the flight characteristics of the store.
This novel concept of delivering weapons was established as part of a study by the Air Force Systems Command to determine new suspension and release ejection methods which would permit today's high-sped aircraft to attack at extremely low altitudes. Engineering studies indicate upward ejection would increase bombing accuracy, provided more time for the delivery aircraft to escape from the blast of the detonating bomb, and generally prove a more practical technique for low altitude delivery.
Either conventional or nuclear weapons could be used and the technique could be applied to any low-altitude attack mission. Following review and evaluation of the data secured during the sled tests, the Air Force Weapons Laboratory will propose actual flight testing of the system.