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I'm starting an A-7E model circa '70-'71 in SE Asia, & I want to load it with Mk 82s illustrating a Ho Chi Minh trail interdiction sortie. I'm thinking about:

Sta 1 & 8: 3 Mk 82s on a TER

Sta 2 & 7: Mk-82s on a MER

Would the center wing pylons have 6 bombs per MER or 4 bombs with the 2 inboard positions empty?

Or, would the load be something else entirely.

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I'm starting an A-7E model circa '70-'71 in SE Asia, & I want to load it with Mk 82s illustrating a Ho Chi Minh trail interdiction sortie. I'm thinking about:

Sta 1 & 8: 3 Mk 82s on a TER

Sta 2 & 7: Mk-82s on a MER

Would the center wing pylons have 6 bombs per MER or 4 bombs with the 2 inboard positions empty?

Or, would the load be something else entirely.

TIA!
I assume you are doing Mk 82 Snakeye's since you are doing an interdiction loadout.

I don't believe that would be a legal load, I've never seen a bird loaded like that (museum and static displays don't count).

If you wanted to do MER's and TER's I would recommend either leaving the inboard stations on the TER or the outboard stations of the MER empty so there is not to have a store to store collision issue.

I would recommend aMk 82 Snakeye's MER on the midboard and parent rack on the outboard and inboard pylons (with AIM-9's on fuselage stations) if you want to do a realistic SEA interdiction loadout.

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Thanks much! Gerry

I'll be using MK-82 slicks. I was going on an on deck photo of the load I describe above; the bomb load on the MER was pretty much obscured by the angle. I'll have to dig a little more on realistic load-outs as work through assembly.

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I'll be using MK-82 slicks. I was going on an on deck photo of the load I describe above; the bomb load on the MER was pretty much obscured by the angle. I'll have to dig a little more on realistic load-outs as work through assembly.

Thanks again!
With slicks it might be possible since there is no issue with the fin opening, though I've never seen slicks used for interdiction missions.

It all depends on the release order, if the midboards are released before the outboards it can be done, if the pilot sets it to release outboards and midboards in the same sticks then you'll have store to store issues.
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I didn't realize slicks weren't employed for interdiction.

I'll have to reconsider my premise since slicks is what I got.

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I didn't realize slicks weren't employed for interdiction.

I'll have to reconsider my premise since slicks is what I got.

Once again,

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You can just say they are going after a specific target such as a power plant or barracks.

Slicks were usually released above 5k (out of the range of small arms fire), interdiction missions were low level missions, hence the need for Snakeyes.
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I'm thinking I'll go with this*:



What's interesting with this picture, taken in 1972, is the mix of bombs with (2 yellow stripes) & without (1 yellow stripe) the thermal coating .

Thanks, Gerry; appreciate the help.



* This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Bbri4570 at English Wikipedia.
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I'm thinking I'll go with this*:



What's interesting with this picture, taken in 1972, is the mix of bombs with (2 yellow stripes) & without (1 yellow stripe) the thermal coating .

Thanks, Gerry; appreciate the help.



* This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Bbri4570 at English Wikipedia.
Can't put me finger on it but I've seen that squadron before, just can't remember when and where though.
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Can't put me finger on it but I've seen that squadron before, just can't remember when and where though.
Maybe the squadron PAO sent you a hat & a patch back in the day.
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