I really should change my personal text
- Mar 7, 2015
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The forward half of the bomb is a giant iron casting filled with kerplosive. You wouldn't want spars running through that, I suppose, especially if you're trying to *not* modify existing hardware, or if you don't want to mess with the armor-piercing forward penetrator. With these forward swept wings, the spars are far enough aft that they fit through the non-kerplodey rear shell of the bomb, and are apparently part of a new structure.Interesting. Why inverted wings? To allow for supersonic glide?
It's clearly in the "Tallboy/Grand Slam" family. The squared-off tailfins seem to be those of the T-12 "Cloudmaker," 43,000 pound bomb. The T-12, however, had four tailfins not three.