The AGM-86A was originally designed to be interchangeable with the AGM-69 but it didn't have the required range so it had to be stretched, such that it no longer fit in the internally bays of the B-1B or B-52G. The B-52H was made with longer bays.B-1 weapons bays were sized for SRAM (14ft length) I believe.I am trying to get my head around the dimensions of the bomb bays on the proposed production version of the B-70. I know what weapons load it was specified to carry as we discussed it here. Peter E. Davies states in his Valkyrie book that the weapons bay was in two 14ft sections (including 1ft of unusable space between them- so effectively 13.5ft each) with a total volume of 1,200cu ft. For comparison:
B-52: 1,003ft, total length 27ft, sometimes divided in two by a moveable bulkhead
B-1A: 3 x 14ft bays with a total volume of 1,643cu ft
The near exact two-thirds of a B-1 bomb bay configuration and the similarly sized individual bomb bays suggests that the B-70 and B-1 may have had similar design drivers (e.g. specific bomb types) for bomb bay length and volume. Does anybody know if this was the case? what was the original bomb load specification for the AMSA program?
What were the width and depth measurements for the B-70 bomb bays?