In this 1957 video, a 110-foot long, 116-foot wide, 133,000-pound Boeing B-47 bomber pulls a tight upside down maneuver after releasing its payload. The technique was so risky that pilots called it the “Idiot’s Loop.”
Not only was the plane at risk from extreme aerodynamic and gravitational loads, it would also be carrying an atomic bomb at the same time.
Practiced by Richard Bach at Eglin Air Force base, this “toss bombing” delivery method was concocted to allow the aircraft to “toss” a bomb at low altitude while giving it enough time to reverse course in order to avoid anti-aircraft defenses or the blast from the nuclear bomb it just released…
UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2020/07/10/b-47-stratojet-idiots-loop-to-toss-atomic-bombs/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.