Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by A-58, May 30, 2017.
At least two of them?
"[1450x969] The Italian battleship Littorio during sea trials in the Gulf of Genoa, 1939."
"B-17 testing Douglas glide bombs."
Back then I'd definitely go multiples but nearly fifty years later I'd be happy with one bunch !
1973 was a very good year.
Better expand on that just in case someone gets misconstrued.
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These were not glide bombs, the wings were for steering, not gliding. So they fell in a ballistic path to the target.
Not sure if these are Douglas VB-10 ROCs(TV guided) or VB-11 ROCs(IR guided).
The VB-9 was another 450-kilogram (1,000-pound) glide bomb with relatively long cruciform wings and tail, and had an active radar seeker that turned out to work poorly against ground clutter. The later VB-10, VB-11, and VB-12 were of similar size, but used a circular airfoil and were fitted with TV, infrared, and radio command guidance systems respectively.
Actually it looks more like a VB-10
"WAVES officers watch the already christened aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) as its floated out of her building dock at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company shipyard at Newport News, Virginia, October 14, 1943."
When acronyms make for awkward sentences.
"Italian battleships Conte di Cavour and Giulio Cesare in Napoli, 1938. (1135x935)"
"Cruiser USS Portland steaming under the St. John’s Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States, 1937.[1,562x1,026]"
"Battle off Cape Engaño, 25 October 1944 — Arming a Torpedo Squadron 51 (VT-51) TBM torpedo bomber on USS San Jacinto (CVL-30). Probably taken before the squadron's planes attacked the Japanese carrier force. Torpedo is a Mark 13, fitted with wooden water-entry shrouds around its nose and tail."
The after shroud is very similar to the ones the Nagasaki Armory came up with for the raid on Pearl Harbor. Proving again that physics is non-partisan.
The antithesis of War ! Calling Ulithi !!!
I'm getting into painting and winter time is not far off ?!
"Royal Navy H-class destroyer HMS Hesperus returning to Liverpool from escort convoy duties. The bow damage was caused after ramming U-357. 1942. See pic for colorization credits. (1919x1454)"
"cammell tank transporter named "Snow White" carrying an A9 Cruiser tank to the workshops for repairs. North Africa 1941"
Support units seldom get the credit they deserve.
"Luftwaffe personal protecting the airfield with MG15 with a 75-round double-drum magazine."
They also serve who serve as ballast for the guns.
"[1010 x 831]Turrets for HMS Vanguard being modified at the Harland & Wolff erection shop at Scotstoun in 1945. Note the balance weights and armored hoods. 'X' turret is closest to the camera followed by 'A', 'Y', and 'B'."
"Infantry weapons used by German and Austro-Hungarian army during WW1 [3090 x 1570]."
"Einheits-PKW der Wehrmacht Horch 901 regimental command car. The troop identification cloverleaf shows that the car belongs to the German 71st Infantry Division (date and location unknown)."
"Covenanter tanks of the 2nd Armored Irish Guards Regiment, Guards Armored Division, during an inspection; 3 March 1942. 1,700+ were built and were primarily used for training and home defense of the British Isles. The tank was armed with a QF 2 pounder cannon (40 mm) and a 7.92 Besa machine gun."
Hesperus was one of six destroyers under construction for Brazil when the war broke out and taken into RN service. They were similar to the H class built several years earlier and were given H names. They were used as flagships for convoy escort groups. Y gun on the fantail was omitted, allowing them to carry 110 depth charges, far more than a standard fleet destroyer.
In this 1942 photo, Hesperus has a Type 271 radar "lantern" above the bridge, replacing the usual gun director. This meant her 4.7s could only be used in local control, but it was expected that their main use would be in close-range actions against surfaced U-boats, which turned out to be true in Hesperus' case. Overall the radar was considered to be more useful for an antisubmarine ship.
After the British appropriated the ships, Brazil ordered three destroyers based on the American Mahan class, with American armament and machinery - but built them in Brazil!