Stuka in dive bombing sequence pictures

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Lieutenant General
Nov 22, 2009
The Jungles of Canada


Apr 16, 2017
Just a note regarding dive-bombing as practiced by Navy airplanes in the 60s-80s. We would never Push Over into the dive as the SB2C graphic suggests since that was unnecessarily disorienting and uncomfortable.

The proper approach was a steep wingover, sometimes to inverted, roll-in to place the bombsight pipper on the target, rollout to a 45deg - 60deg wings-level dive, release above the small-arms fire elevation (~ 5000' AGL) and a WINGS LEVEL 4-5G pullout. Once the nose was well above the horizon one could relax the pull and look over your shoulder to self-spot your hit (if you were not having to defend yourself from AAA/SAMS.) I strongly suspect that even USAF pilots operated/operate the same way !


Airman 1st Class
Aug 8, 2010
Memphis, TN
An important skill necessary for dive bombing, that is seldom ever mentioned, is judging the required "overshoot" before releasing the bomb. Because the bomb will follow a parabolic (more or less) trajectory and will fall, due to gravity, off the tangent of flight. Because of this, aiming directly at the target will cause the bomb to fall "short". (Only in a 90-degree dive will the bomb fall on the aircraft's trajectory tangent.) Thus, at some point before releasing the bomb, the target will have to be "under the nose" of the aircraft and out of sight. The amount of overshoot required is a learned skill based on wind direction, aircraft velocity, distance to target, etc. The pics are from the manual for an ASG-10 "toss bombing" sight developed late in the war. A copy is on this site.


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