View Full Version : Dropping a Bomb

04-12-2005, 08:12 PM
OK, I can't figure out for the life of me how to drop a bomb from a SDB Dive Bomber...

All I've figured out it hit Shift-F1 to get into the bomb aiming view... What now?

04-12-2005, 08:12 PM
OK, I can't figure out for the life of me how to drop a bomb from a SDB Dive Bomber...

All I've figured out it hit Shift-F1 to get into the bomb aiming view... What now?

04-12-2005, 08:30 PM
You need to assign two more buttons. One for the Airbrake (I use Ctrl-Q), and one for the 'release bombs'. I think that it's Alt-Space by default.

The Technique for dive-bombing is something else. I don't dive in an SBD myself (Stukas for me), but the technique I imagine is similar.

Get up above 2000m. 3000m is better. Set a course for your target and note the heading, because you've got to hold that heading while you're staring through the hole in the floor. Fly straight and level until the target drifts through the hole in the floor. As it drifts into view, flip your plane over on its back and engage the Airbrake. Point your nose down and fix your sights (yep, use Shift-F1) just ahead of the target you're diving on. (particularly if it's moving). Once you get down to the correct altitude (Don't go much lower than 1000m), release your bombs with a key, pull out of the dive, and immediately disengage the Airbrake. Now start climbing and get the heck out of there!

Dive bombing in formation is ALWAYS more successful than bombing alone. Ship flack will probably cut you to shreds before you even get halfway through your dive if you're on your own.


04-12-2005, 08:39 PM
Here's what I do:

Step 1. Swap SBD for F4U-1D
Step 2. Skip bomb from 100m doing about 350 knots.

04-12-2005, 10:24 PM
Standard dive bombing in the SBD was different from the Stuka.

First thing you have to do is program one of the buttons on the joystick for bomb release. Once you've done that your set to bomb. One thing you have to remember, if you have a bomb in the trapeze and bombs on the wing racks, the first time you hit the release button the wing bombs drop. Hit it a second time to release the center bomb. If you only have a single bomb under center, just hit the button once.

Now to dive technique. Standard bombing began by approaching the target at about 18 to 20K ft. At about 10 miles out, begin a shallow glide to around 8 to 10k ft before pushing over into the dive (normally around 70 dergees). Take aim on target and release at between 25000 and 1500 ft and pull out, leveling out on the deck (between 50 and 100 ft)and exit the target area until your out of AA/AAA range. Staying low will prevent bandits that chase you out of the target area from being able to get under you (the safest place for them to attack you from). If you are with a group of SBD's form back up ASAP for the trip home.

Avoid loading the 3x 500 and 1600 pound ordinance. Historically, it doesn't appear that the Navy was able to launch the SBD from carrier decks with more than the 1000 pound loadout, and that was with a cat shot. These 2 loadouts seem to come from the USAAF's modified version of the SBD-5 (their designation A24B)which was capable of carrying a max ord load of 2250 pounds (1 - 1600 and 2x 325)

I only carry 3 loadouts, depending on what I have to do. A) single 500 pound B) 3x 250 and C) single 1000 pounder. A and B are historically correct while the C loadout is close to the 1x500 and 2x 100 that was carried by the Navy and Marines.

04-13-2005, 05:34 AM
With drop- http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.giftanks or bombs , fliping inverted was a no-no....

08-21-2007, 08:57 PM
this one kicked my butt, too. i got all into dive mode and when i hit the button... nothing. shift-f1 does nothing at all (is bombsight mode the same as gunsight mode?) and i hit every weapon button i had. i don't see an option to release bombs in my control config screen.


08-21-2007, 09:06 PM
The following is true for most aircraft:
Weapon 1 is machine guns
Weapon 2 is cannons
Weapon 3 is rockets
Weapon 4 is bombs

08-22-2007, 02:33 AM
Totally agree





08-25-2007, 11:51 AM
I had one or two tracks with SBD dive bombing runs I'll dig em up and post tracks here.....

Altitude is essential for dive bombing.

kip bombing is way more user friendly but then again...flak will chew you up to pieces so...I'll take my chances with dive bombing every time when attacking naval targets (defended).

08-25-2007, 12:04 PM