I just found out B-17's carried these (I knew what a Loon is, but not a JB-2
:). Anyone know a book, or a website that depicts the arragement? I think
this is the beginning of a... :))))
thanx in advance!
: I just found out B-17's carried these (I knew what a Loon is, but not a JB-2
: :). Anyone know a book, or a website that depicts the arragement? I think
: this is the beginning of a... :))))
Here's one being loaded onto the wing of a B-29
(looks like the same cradle as in the above photos...)
there is a boom called Combat Legend B-17 Bomber
I hope thats the site.
there is info on the bombs and how the B-17's carried them, and there is an
artists color rendering of them mounted under the wings.
you might wanna try contacting Wright Patterson AFB Museum, they do have
resources available, they helped me on shoo shoo shoo baby B-17
Also try the Museum at Eglin AFB. That is where they were actually
tested and where I got a few great photos from their files a few decades
ago when I was in service. The remains of at least two launchers ramps
and a number of wreaks were still out on Santa Rosa Island in the late
'70s. However, the airframes, made mostly of steel, had mostly rusted
away, leaving only the light alloy bits and the concrete warhead
ballast. One wreak was particularly sad, the machine appears to have
simply flopped on its back right at the end of the launch ramp. Most of
the others were in a broad arc from the end of the launchers, apparently
they must have been pretty hairy and unreliable, at least early on (?)
This is a very *interesting* picture. You see, I have an old book,
_Occupational Handbook of the United States Air Force_, from about 1950,
with two different photos from the same situation. In one picture,
similar to the one referred above, but at a different angle, the entire
tail of the B-29 is visible; the number is 521746. What makes it
interesting is that, although the book's pictures are B&W, it is obvious
from the color difference that the B-29 has black camouflaged underside,
but also an *arctic**high-visibility* red tail. What was _not_ clear
from my pictures, but apparent in yours, is that the underside wing
"USAF" marking is on a bare metal background. This would seem to
indicate to me, something I've always wondered: did the arctic red take
"precedence" over the black underside camouflage? yes it looks that way.
This just begs for a very colourful B-29 model, I suppose.
The colors of the picture are very bad; I have assumed from the B&W
pictures that the trim on the missile is insignia red as the arctic trim
of the aircraft. Your picture seems to indicate a black or dark blue
color, but OTOH, the arctic red is not very different, so which color
would it be?
Does anyone out there have better pictures, or other ways of confirming
my color guess?
Also, given that the aircraft is an AF B-29, wouldn't the missile have a
USAF designation, rather than what I suppose is the Navy designation
A last question: did B-29's used in Korea get the "USAF" marking redone
in red on the underside when they were camouflaged black?
I have a very good version of the photo, and it looks line the trim on
the missile is also red. The black belly is a left over from W.W.II that
seems to have simply never been removed. I suspect that particular
missile was a training shape, as it was fairly dinged and worn. Note too
that many of the JB-2s did not get their nat'l insignia updated.
No, "JB-2" (Jet Bomb nr 2) is the USAF designation, the Navy
nomenclature was some sort of alphabet soup reflecting manufacturer and
mission in some arcane form.
I'm nor sure, but more likely the area inwhich the USAF would be placed
was scrubbed clear of the black, not unlike the boarder around the nat'l