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  1. dive bombernoun

    a bomber that releases its bombs during a steep dive toward the target


  1. dive bombernoun

    A bomber aircraft that dives directly at its target in order to provide greater accuracy for the bomb it drops.


  1. Dive Bomber

    A dive bomber is a bomber aircraft that dives directly at its targets.


  1. dive bomber

    A dive bomber is a type of aircraft specifically designed to carry out bombing runs while diving directly at its target to increase accuracy. This strategy minimizes exposure to enemy fire and allows for more precise targeting. The bombs are released at the apex or at the start of the dive and then the aircraft pulls out of the dive to escape the blast zone.


  1. Dive bomber

    A dive bomber is a bomber aircraft that dives directly at its targets in order to provide greater accuracy for the bomb it drops. Diving towards the target reduces the distance the bomb has to fall, which is the primary factor in determining the accuracy of the drop. Additionally, as the bomb's motion is primarily vertical, the complex parabolic trajectory is reduced to one that is much straighter and easy to calculate - even by eye. The rapid vertical motion of the aircraft also aids it in avoiding fire from anti-aircraft artillery, although diving to low altitude offsets this advantage as it brings the aircraft into range of smaller weapons. A true dive bomber dives at a steep angle, normally between 45 and 90 degrees, and thus requires a very short pull-up after dropping its bombs. This demands an aircraft of extremely strong construction, and generally limited the class to light bomber designs with ordnance loads in the range of 1,000 lbs. This type of aircraft was most widely used before and during World War II; its use fell into decline shortly afterwards. The most famous examples are the Aichi D3A "Val" dive bomber which sank more Allied warships during World War II than any other Axis aircraft and the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka which was widely used during the opening stages of the war. During pullout, the forces were so great that the crew would often black out, and so the controls of the Ju 87 were automated to avoid loss of the aircraft. This system allowed the Stuka to attack in a steep dive angle and make later pullouts than other aircraft could safely manage, which increased accuracy. Another famous design of the war is the Douglas SBD Dauntless, whose most well known action occurred at the Battle of Midway.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dive bomber in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dive bomber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • Stuka, Sturzkampfbomber, Sturzbomber, SturzkampfflugzeugGerman
  • bombardero en picadoSpanish
  • syöksypommittajaFinnish
  • пики́рующий бомбардиро́вщикRussian
  • störtbombareSwedish

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