|Type||anti-ship missile / guided bomb|
|Place of origin||United States|
|In service||never used operationally|
|Wars||World War II|
|Weight||2555 lb (1150 kg)|
|Length||11 ft 7 in (3.53 m)|
|length||12 ft (3.66 m) wingspan|
|Diameter||24 in (61 cm)|
|Warhead weight||2000 pounds (907 kg)|
|17 mi (27 km)|
|television and radio command|
GB-8 was intended as a clear-weather, good-visibility weapon to attack heavily defended targets. It featured a plywood airframe with twin booms and fins with a single elevator. The warhead was a 2000 lb (907 kg) general-purpose (GP) bomb.
The bomb was steered by radio command guidance, the operator tracking it by means of red and white flares in the booms. It was intended to be carried externally, under the wing of a B-17 or B-25. Release was at about 175 mph (280 km/h) and between 10,000 and 15,000 ft (3,000–4600 m) altitude, giving a range of 17 mi (27 km), with an average flight time of four minutes.
The Pacific War ended before it entered combat.
- Fitzsimons, Bernard, editor. "GB-8", in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare. Volume 10, p. 1101. London: Phoebus Publishing, 1978.
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