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Old October 1st, 2016, 03:46 PM
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I think only the head rotates.
And maybe the whole cradle moves down to make that happen?
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Old October 2nd, 2016, 12:39 AM
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According to Mr.Vark's articles "Pave Tack pods were mounted on a rotating cradle in the weapons bay, thereby minimizing the pod’s impact on aircraft performance. For this, the outer weapons bay doors were modified with a ‘cut out’ section towards the rear, while the inner ones were replaced by the cradle. The doors were left open while on the ground, but closed prior to taxi. They were not normally opened in flight. Looking forward, the cradle rotated clockwise to stow the pod and counterclockwise to expose it. The pod was stowed prior to takeoff, and usually kept that way for most of the mission until nearing the target area, when it was used by the WSO to find and designate targets for LGBs.
It was extended prior to landing, with the turret tucked away in the ‘stowed’ position to protect the forward-looking infrared (FLIR) window.
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(http://www.f-111.net/models/weaponsbay/index.htm)

I just can't imagine how the pipes are not blocking the rotating movement



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Old October 2nd, 2016, 09:29 AM
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Do you mean in the last pic the two white tube's?
Because that looks like the cradle where the Pave Tack in rests.
Which make's sense because there is no cooling inside the bomb bay so putting the Pave Tack against something and cooling that is a good way.

Here is a pic with the Pave Tack in place:
http://www.clubhyper.com/reference/f111indetailjr_7.htm
(3de pic)

Last edited by Kokkie; October 2nd, 2016 at 09:40 AM. Reason: Extra info
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Old January 16th, 2017, 05:05 PM
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The black things between the white tubes and the cradle are seals--that's where the cooling tubes ended, so the cradle rotated between the tubes. Cooling air was pumped into the pod through the tubes.
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