Talk:Red Beard (nuclear weapon)
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The article states:
"Not generally realised, is the fact that when delivered by low-level toss bombing, the aircraft was almost always at a lower altitude than the burst height; so in effect, the bomb was not really "dropped", but was released and "flew" upwards in a ballistic trajectory, to detonate when it reached the required altitude."
Is this really correct? Although I have no contradictory source of information this surprises me. Surely the bomb would follow an accent and then decent at which detonation took place? This would allow the bomb to travel further.188.8.131.52 (talk) 14:40, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
- It would depend on the tactical use of the weapon for that particular attack, although it's perfectly likely. All it would need would be a tactical need for an air-burst, with an entry route to the drop point at the RAF's usual tree-scraping altitude to avoid interdiction. There's also the option of an "over the shoulder" attack, where the bomb is released vertically upwards, during a loop (although I can't claim for certain that a Scimitar was capable of this carrying a Red Beard). Careful wording is needed as it shouldn't imply that this was an essential part of an attack profile, but it was certainly a possibility. It's admittedly less likely with Red Beard than with later weapons, where they were both lighter and had parachute retardation (non-retarded weapons offer less time for the dropping aircraft to escape, so they discourage low altitudes and high burst heights). Andy Dingley (talk) 15:01, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
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