By Antonio L. Sapienza

Greater than a hundred and fifty by no means ahead of released illustrations, complimented by means of an exhaustively researched textual content, record the little-known air warfare among Bolivia and Paraguay throughout the overdue Twenties and early Thirties. complete information of such airplane as Fiat C.R. 20s, Curtiss Hawk IIs, Curtiss Ospreys, Potez 25s and all different varieties hired via either fighters, together with acquisition, operations, and markings make this a needs to for historians, modelers, and somebody drawn to golden-age aviation.

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Incendiary bombs used as their filler either PTl thickened gasoline-magnesium mix or TH3 "Thermite" (also called "Thermate"), which burned hot enough to melt steel and provided long periods of burn time. If directed by an able forward air controller (FAC) and delivered properly, a funny bomb could cover an area three to four times larger than napalm. Its widespread blanket of intensely burning thermite proved deadly for trucks and area targets. The FAC gave the Spad pilot the target elevation, and it was then up to him to calculate his dive angle, airspeed, and the bomb's opening altitude for an effective delivery.

Running the full length of the bomb was a well for an ANM18 or -M20 burster. A fuse ignited the burster, which shattered the bomb and <;lispersed the WP. White phosphorous was ignited by atmospheric oxygen and produced dense white smoke. Smoke TheA-IE-5 no. 135201 of the 6th SOS in 1968 being loaded with XM 3 dispensers filled with "gravel" mines. (USAF) The A-IE no. 132653 of the 4407 th CCTS heads for one of Eglin's ranges with more than two tons of napalm in August 1972. Six 500-pound fire bombs fill the outer wings, while 750-pounders are hung from the inboard stubs.

A BLU-n equipped A-IE, no. 132455, at NKP during September 1968. (USAF) 43 The A -1 Skyraider in Vietnam: The Spad's Last War The hazards of having large amounts of ordnance aboard carriers was underscored by three disastrous carrier fires during the 1960s, two of which occurred in the war zone. On 26 October 1966 a flare lit accidentally aboard the USS Oriskany caused a catastrophic fIre, and on 29 July 1967 leaking fuel ignited and frred rockets aboard the USS Forrestal. The following January, disaster struck the USS Enterprise enroute to the war zone when a jet's exhaust on the cramped flight deck ignited a Zuni rocket, which hit other aircraft.

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