I wish Raytheon luck now that it has been tapped by the U.S. Air Force to develop and build the Small Diameter Bomb II (AW&ST Sept. 6, p. 32). While stationed at Naval Air Test Center-Strike Ordnance at NAS Patuxent River, Md., I saw a lot of fit tests. Fit tests indicate it will fit, but the first few seconds after release will be the real proof. Weapons that arm too soon or bounce off the aircraft—or each other—upon release can make for an interesting flight. There are also the ...


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