May 122012
USAAF Evaluation of Navy SWOD Mk 9 Bat Glide Bomb (1945)

The U.S. Navy’s “Special Weapons Ordnance Device” (SWOD) Mark 9 “Bat” glide bomb was one of the world’s earliest fully-automatic, target-seeking “smart” weapon systems. The Bat was a development of the “Pelican” glide bomb, which was equipped with a Receiving Homing Beacon (RHB) that required a radar beacon to illuminate the target. The Bat had […]

Jun 032011
Preparing a Napalm Bomb for a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

The slideshow above reproduces “Preparation and Employment of the Fire Bomb,” a manual issued by The Chemical Warfare School at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland sometime during late World War II. It provides step-by-step instructions for converting a drop tank into a napalm bomb, which is then mounted on a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (serial no. 42-28610, for those […]