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Waldo.Pepper
08-03-2005, 07:07 AM
Please look at this picture.


http://www3.telus.net/public/a5a03316/vickmaster/whatsit.jpg


Notice on the underside of this Mustang wing, the yellow box. Inside this box are the ejection ports for the 50 cal mg's and the pylon for a store.

Now look at the red box. I think I know what they are. What do you think they are?

SparrowThree
08-03-2005, 07:09 AM
Zero length rocket rails.

JG53Frankyboy
08-03-2005, 07:10 AM
you mean you want HVARs for the P-51D in game ?
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Waldo.Pepper
08-03-2005, 07:17 AM
The still is from my copy of America's War in Color. (Extras - Mustangs over Japan)

The original title of the film was The Last Bomb.

Now as far as I know, we had not found evidence of rockets being used on Mustangs during WW2, only Korea.

I think we just have.

Low_Flyer_MkII
08-03-2005, 11:58 AM
Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, page248 (reproduction of All the Worlds Aircraft 1945/6} shows a photo of a P-51D with tube type rocket launchers. Serial on the tail partially obscured - looks like 414886 to me (the 8's could be 9's)

Hope it helps.

Utchoud
08-03-2005, 12:21 PM
Do you mean the triple "bazooka" tube launchers for 4.5 in M8 rockets, Low Flyer? I've never seen HVARs in tubes.

I think the problem wasn't to find the proof for HVARs being used by Mustangs in WWII but to find the proof for HVARs being used by Mustangs in the ETO. Your shot is from PTO, Waldo...

This photo was posted by Zyzbot in ORR (Link (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/63110913/m/8511001333/p/2))

http://glorene.com/aviation/78th/gallery/p51rocket.jpg

Mustangs with HVARs in the PTO.

Waldo.Pepper
08-03-2005, 01:08 PM
The still is from my copy of America's War in Color. (Extras - Mustangs over Japan)


I know its PTO Japan is in the PTo after all.

Waldo.Pepper
08-03-2005, 01:08 PM
Originally posted by Waldo.Pepper:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The still is from my copy of America's War in Color. (Extras - Mustangs over Japan)


I know its PTO Japan is in the PTO after all. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Low_Flyer_MkII
08-03-2005, 01:36 PM
The caption reads 'A North American P-51D Single-seat Fighter fitted with Bazooka-type rocket projectile equipment.'
Looks like 3 under each wing to me.

NonWonderDog
08-03-2005, 01:57 PM
All I know is that I could mount bazooka rockets on my P-51D in SWotL. That's all I know.

Of course, I could also drop time-delayed bombs into a B-17 formation from my FW-190 and use an automatic upward-firing cannon on my Me-163B.

I miss SWotL.

horseback
08-03-2005, 02:18 PM
Zero-length launchers were standard on TBM-3s, F6F-5s and F4U-1Ds by mid-1944. It seems odd to me that Republic (Grumman's neighbor on Long Island) and North American would not have the same weaponry available to their fighters based in Europe during the same time period.

Were the 5 inch rockets with the zero length launchers a Navy Department development that just took a little while longer to reach the USAAF?

cheers

horseback

stansdds
08-03-2005, 04:17 PM
I dunno, but maybe the USN and USMC used them more because they were more involved with softening up beaches and strong holds for invasions.