If there is one thing of which I am most proud, it's my service to this country in the U.S. NAVY...
I liked what I did and I was really good at it!!!
Now let me explain the Loft Manuever when delivering nuclear weapons... When we first started planning for war targets in the Soviet Union, we flew a high profile. That meant that we launched from the ship, climbed to 35,000 feet and flew at that altitude to deliver the weapon.. That was fine until the Russians developed the SA 2, which you might ask Gary Powers about!!!!
So we developed alternate methods, of which the most sucessful was the Loft Manuever, or "Toss" bombing!! We would approach the target at 500' AGL at a True Airspeed of 500 Knots which is 575 MPH..
I would track the aiming point on my radar bombing computer, and at approximately 25 miles from the target I would get a signal, at which the pilot would start a 2.5 G climb. At 51.5 Degrees in the climb, the computer in the LABS System (Low Altitude Bombing System) , which I helped to develop BTW, would open the bomb bay doors and release the MK 28, a 1 Megaton Thermonuclear weapon.
The pilot would immediately roll the A/C over on it's back make a 135 degree heading degree change, apply full throttle to the engines and head for the deck!!! This was of course to escape the detonation!! The weapon would fly a parabolic curve and detonate at approx. 5,000' above the target.. Now remember that we had no GPS or even electronic calculators in those days. The bombing computer we used was an upgraded Norden Bombsight with a more sophiscated radar system The CP 66A computer was an analog device, not digital. It had gears and motors......
The letter below is from my service record and was the second award for the Boardman Range for a Loft Bullseye!!! I recieved a total of four awards for the Boardmen Range, and had 2 previous awards for the Lake George Range in Central Florida... Very few B/Ns, Air Force or Navy ever scored a single bullseye with the Loft delivery...
Now collecting guns is really fun, however anyone can buy a gun or a gun collection.. No one else in the world could deliver weapons like I could, and as Joe Namath said after winning the 1969 Super Bowl, "If you can do it, it's ain't bragging"... Here is an article concerning Loft Bombing..
And here is another commendation from NASWF. What it fails to mention was that the A4D was carrying a LIVE , fully operational MK 28 nuclear weapon on it's centerline bomb rack!!! Trying to salvage an aircraft with a nuclear weapon aboard will certainly concentrate you thinking!!!