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  1. They had to be so they fit into the same dispenser. Jari
  2. Here is the more common LUU-2/B flare: From here: Markings The flare case is unpainted aluminum. The flare designation, loading information, and the letters U.S. are stenciled in black on the side of the case. The word ILLUMINATING is stenciled in black on a 51-millimeter (2.00-inch) white band that encircles the case. The face of the LUU-2/B timer assembly is black, and is engraved and filled with white phosphorescent paint. The face of the LUU-2A/B and LUU-2B/B timer assemblies is black, with a white phosphorescent decal marked in black. The timer knobs are white, and the tip of the knob is painted with white phosphorescent paint. edit: here is another drawing showing a few more details: Jari
  3. Here is a load of 14 1,000lbs bombs showing how they were positioned: my guess is the 4 250lbs bombs were in the second row, 4 across as in the other pics, probably to maintain the center of gravity. So you would have 3 (1K), 4 (250), 2 (1K), 3 (1K) and 3 (1K). edit: here is another pic showing a full load of what look like 500lbs bombs: Jari
  4. Charlton Heston was a gunner radio operator on B-25s in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. Clint Eastwood, although never served in combat in Korea but one time after catching a ride home from visiting friends and family his plane, one site it was a Navy torpedo plane another says it was a Skyraider, ditched in the ocean and he and the pilot had to swim over 2 miles to shore. Jari
  5. Here is another video, mostly showing a Lancaster being built, check the 4:35 mark and you'll see quite clearly unpainted bulged bomb bay doors: Jari
  6. The ammo bin itself was aluminium, the inside was for sure. Jari
  7. Check the 0:51, 1:05 and 3:45 marks and you can see evidence of bulges. Jari
  8. This video shows 8000lb and 12000lb cookies being put together and loaded, a few brief glimpses of bulged doors can be seen: Jari
  9. A F-101A/C , and others getting gas: no room on a F-104 to fit this: Jari
  10. The F-105 had both types: For tankers a basket was added to the boom as you can see in the pic so any tanker could be so configured. Of course it meant they could only refuel those a/c, like the F-104 or F-100. Now some tankers have the boom as well as pods on the wings with drouges so they can refuel either type of a/c. Jari
  11. Here is a pic that shows the area behind the cockpit: the ammo bin is at the left, it was aluminum. Jari
  12. For the Mk-43 on the CF-104 the lower fin was removed: Jari
  13. How about a QH-50C with a Mk-57: Jari
  14. Here is one about to go on a training mission: can't see the other side if the gun opening was covered or not. It is possible an extra fuel tank was carried in place of the ammo bin therefore the opening was blanked off. I don't know of any extra avionics that were required for nuke delivery, as it would be hard to keep track of which a/c had it so i think all a/c were capable of the weapons. You could always have your project as a training mission with as many tanks as you wish as plenty of practice shapes were dropped for realistic training. edit: one little note, there are no sway braces on the wing pylons which indicates tanks were normally carried on them. Other stores required the sway braces Jari
  15. The pilot is Scott Crossfield who later flew the X-15, more pics here: click on the pic to get a larger image and you can make out that it is a F-100A. Jari