How Dive Angle Stripes Work

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Excellent reference and description, thank you.

One thing, though: as a onetime dive bomber and almost full-time SBD historian, I wonder about bombing perpendicular to the span. That's a real skinny and real wide target.

LONG ago I interviewed an SE-5 pilot who had bombed bridges in 1918 (how effectively Idunno, he was limited to 20-lb Cooper bombs). I asked his run-in heading and he said, "Diagonally along the span." His tone indicated, OF COURSE. (How else would one do it?)

I explained that in the Vietnam debacle, pilots often were required to bomb at 90 degrees to the span to avoid harming (enemy) people at either end. The old timer merely shook his head...

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