Bombs carried by NA-16-2K

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    On Flikr there are several photos of the North American NA-16-2K from San Diego Air Space Museum showing the aircraft in California before it was delivered to CAC in Australia:

    North American : NA-16-2K AKA NA-33 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Can anyone tell me what size of bombs are installed? They don't look large enough to be 250lb.

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    It's hard to tell for sure, but those are probably practice bombs, some as small a 25 lbs, but they had the same ballistics as their big brothers. They had a small charge that made a big smoke puff so their strikes could be observed.
     
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    I was thinking they would be practice bombs also, but they look much larger. Does anyone have a reference for US bombs in the late 1930's?
     
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    there were 100 lbs GP bombs, idk if already in 30s
     
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    There were 30lb , 50lb , and 100lb bombs. Some pictures of bombs on racks can be seen in the Hawk 75 manual in manual section of this site.
     
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    In the Aviation section post 90 in the thread, bomber offensive vs Germany, there is a chart of US WW2 bombs. It list some 100 lb bombs, including a practice bomb.

    Those bombs do look too big for 25 lbs, could be 100 lbs bombs of some sort.
     
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    Excellent, thanks for the help... I'll go hunting in those other threads.
     
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    A 1938 edition of "Jane's" has descriptions of several different NA-16 types including a "bomber" version. Bomb load is given as four 100lb or ten 25lb bombs. Also a single seat "fighter" version that can also carry four 100lb bombs.
     
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    Great, thanks everyone for the tips. I have what I need now, puzzle solved! :)
     
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