13 October 2011

Accurate Pond Deployment?

Pond delivery has always been a problem, ponds dropped from the air in wartime are doubly difficult as operatives run the risk of being shot at. Deployment from high altitude also reduces accuracy but was safer for the crews.

Below are pic's of a rare site near Takeo, rare in the way that there was only one target for pondage in the area, strangely we have marked the target with the words "target", the dropped ponds are clearly visible and marked accordingly as "misses", the best of them being the four 2000lb babies dropped nearly 1km away from the intended pond site.  Theory is they used these big ponds in areas where accuracy may be a prob, therefore a big pond would serve more peeps for longer, sort of humanitarian ponds delivering fresh water and fish to the poor folks, all at a small price of 10% of their rice production.

Anyway, lets have a look.



These are the four 2000lb ponds, 23m in diameter, 950m from the intended target.



These are the boring little 500lb ponds only 750m from where they should be, nice spread though.


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Here are some details of these pond drops.
 
1 Mon, 25 Jun 1973, 1 F111 dropped 24 MK82 GP Bomb(500)LD 500LB GP-M-82 to Confirm Enemy Location

2 Thu, 21 Jun 1973, 1 F111 dropped 24 MK82 GP Bomb(500)LD 500LB GP-M-82 to Confirm Enemy Location 

3 Wed, 27 Jun 1973, 1 F111  dropped 4 MK84 GP Bomb 2000LB MK-84 on  Personnel/Any 

4 Wed, 27 Jun 1973, 1 F111 dropped 24 MK82 GP Bomb(500)LD 500LB GP-M-82  on Personnel/Any 

5 Mon, 25 Jun 1973, 1 F111 dropped 24 MK82 GP Bomb(500)LD 500LB GP-M-82  to Confirm Enemy Location

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