classic warbirds attacking trains

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:37 PM

If you go full-screen at about 8:40 to 8:50 the poor wingman of the plane doing the strafing gets obliterated by the explosion's shock wave.  

Tragic, but what can you do?  

Another telegram to a family, and another Western Union deliveryman one step closer to a nervous breakdown.  War is hell in more ways than one.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:06 PM

rrnut282
Here is another video that is a compilation of gun camera footage from WW2.  A lot of the movies are fuzzy and slightly out of focus, but you can make out many trains as targets.  Some strafe the train until they find the gas or ammo car.  On the steam locomotives, you can see a marked change in the plume out of the stack when they get hit.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ3et1SunPU

You need to close enough that your ammo will take out the high explosive elements - but in doing so you are too close to the blast for safety.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3:12 PM

BaltACD

 

 
rrnut282
Here is another video that is a compilation of gun camera footage from WW2.  A lot of the movies are fuzzy and slightly out of focus, but you can make out many trains as targets.  Some strafe the train until they find the gas or ammo car.  On the steam locomotives, you can see a marked change in the plume out of the stack when they get hit.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ3et1SunPU

 

You need to close enough that your ammo will take out the high explosive elements - but in doing so you are too close to the blast for safety.

 

That was the quandary.  Getting close enough to make your shots count, but not so close you'd become a victim yourself.  Did you notice the debris flying up with the explosions?

As good as the training was, I still wonder how many of those pilots lost during ground attack missions were lost due to relative inexperience, to say nothing of "Gotta-get-it-gotta-get-it!" target fixation.  It was a problem then, it still is now.

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Posted by tree68 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:14 PM

During the A10 competition, they were only using "flash/bangs" for the bombing portion, but they played it for real, getting out of there as quickly as possible.  Even the bomb itself (500 Lb) would be enough to cause serious damage to the plane.

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