March 2, 2015

Notice anything odd about this bomber?

This 1965 photo is of a Skyraider, a fighter/bomber which launched from aircraft carriers. And yes, that IS a toilet under its wing! But usually we drop bombs IN toilets...we don't drop toilets as bombs! Pilot Clint Johnson (Captain, USNR Ret.) explains:
"The toilet was a damaged toilet, which was going to be thrown overboard. One of our plane captains rescued it and the [bomb] crew made a rack, tailfins and nose fuse for it. [After being scheduled for a flight mission], our checkers maintained a position to block the view of the air boss and the Captain while the aircraft was taxiing forward. Just as it was being shot off we got a message from the bridge, 'What the hell is on that plane's right wing?' 

"[The plane takes off. The toilet bomb] was dropped in a dive... When it came off, it turned hole to the wind and almost struck the airplane...The FAC said that it whistled all the way down.”

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