Armorers loading rockets under the wing of a F4U Corsair fighter, Okinawa, Japan, Jun 1945

Caption   Armorers loading rockets under the wing of a F4U Corsair fighter, Okinawa, Japan, Jun 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   ARC 532561
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Added Date 8 Feb 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Dec 2015 08:01:40 PM


The F4U Corsair could carry under wing mounted rockets called (HVAR) High Velocity Air Rockets
Rockets. Named 8-HVAR, 2 inch "Tiny Tim",
"Holy Moses" 5-inch, 6.5-inch Shaped Charge Armor-Piercing Rocket and the 11.7 inch Rocket
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
19 Dec 2015 02:12:57 AM

These are FFARs (Forward Firing Aircraft Rockets) rather than HVARs (High Velocity Aircraft Rockets). FFARs were 5-inch warheads on 3-inch rockets while HVARs were 5-inch warheads on 5-inch rockets. HVAR performed drastically better than the FFAR.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Dec 2015 01:36:28 PM


During WWII over 1,000,000 that's One Million
5 inch rockets were produced and were later phased out of service in 1955. The term "Holly Moses" was the reaction of pilots seeing the rocket explode the first time...the 5 inch rocket was 12.7centimeters. Not so Tiny. Did you know that the "Tiny Tim rocket's warhead was 590lbs!
During WWII millions and millions of rockets were produced later being phased out in the 1950s the surviving stocks, were passed on to friendly Allied Nations

Standard 3.5 inch rocket production was 10,000 rounds a month, this weapon was used against ships and land targets. It was deadly and could pass to a depth of 130 feet of water attacking submarines running on the surface, diving, or at periscope depth.
It didn't have an explosive warhead to puncture a subs pressure hull, but used kinetic energy and momentum traveling at 1,054mph to do the job.
The M-8 4.5 inch rocket over 2,500,000 produced
during WWII was fired from air-to-ground, fired from ships, tanks and 2 1/2 ton trucks it was an anywhere to go rocket. If I've missed anything please add to the above comment. I do my best to leave as much data as possible...

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