Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, July 5, 2015

72 Year Old "Ooopsie"

A B-17 bomber, out on a night training flight, dropped practice bombs on Boise City, Oklahoma.


CenterPuke88 said...

12 years ago a F117A bombed Texas....


Anonymous said...

I'm trying to figure out why they were practicing night bombing. The USAAF philosophy was day bombing, they never adopted the complex avionics, such as Oboe, needed for night bombing.


BadTux said...

Aircrew losses in mid 1943 from day bombing over Germany were horrific. The Brits had switched to night bombing for just that reason. The USAAF had to stop their bombing campaign for several months due to the unsustainable losses and figure out what to do. Switching to night bombing using British methods and equipment was an obvious choice. One of the things the Brits did was send out "pathfinder" aircraft which then dropped flares onto the target. Another of the things tried was one of the early radar units, which was enough to detect the general outlines of cities at night and do area bombing, and they did do a little of that.

In the end, of course, the arrival of the longer-ranged Merlin-powered Mustang allowed fighter escort of the bombers over target and the USAAF never did widespread night bombing. But there was a time there where it seemed they'd need to do so, and air crews were being trained to do so.