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WWII - U.S. Navy / Glide Bombing - How to do it


Glide bombing and dive bombing are similar to one another. While these two methods are can be very accurate, they can be much more costly in numbers of aircraft lost. These two types of strikes require you to take you bomber well with in the kill zone of the enemy anti aircraft flak guns.

A glide bombing attack is descending on a 45-degree angle to your target with bomb release at about 1,000-2,000 feet. This put your plane at a high rate of speed but again it puts you well in the kill range of the enemy flak guns. A glide bombing run is longer and slower than a dive bombing run.

A glide bomb is an aerial bomb that is modified with aerodynamic surfaces to modify its flight path from a purely ballistic one to a flatter, gliding, one. This extends the range between the launch aircraft and the target. Glide bombs can be fitted with control systems, allowing the controlling aircraft to direct the bomb to a pinpoint target.

The dive-bombing attack is a 90 degree dive right on the target (your plane must have a dive break to do this or you will never be able to pull out or drop your bombs). In the dive-bombing attack, you will release your bombs between 2,000 ft and 4,000ft. These altitudes vary on the pilot?s choice. The glide and dive bombing use a "drop on your own" type of drop. This means that each pilot drops when he lined up on target and decided to drop.

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USN Manual - Glide Bombing - "How to do it" (1945)

This rare and original WWII era Glide Bombing Training Manual shows how to Glide Bomb a target with the F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, TBM Avenger, SBD Dauntless, and the SB2C Helldiver. Covers Fundamentals of Glide Bombing, Aiming Factors in Glide Bombing, Technique of Glide Bombing, Stalking the Enemy in Glide Bombing, Radar for Glide Bombing, and Tactics of Glide Bombing etc.

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