Science: Loft Bombing

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An even more spectacular type of loft-bombing is used when there is no good landmark to sight on near the target. In such cases, the pilot sets his LABS apparatus for "over the shoulder" bombing, and pulls up into his climb when he is directly over the target. LABS does not release the bomb until the climbing curve has progressed a little beyond the vertical. When the bomb leaves the airplane, it rises in an almost vertical trajectory. It is not quite vertical, however. To compensate for the horizontal distance that the airplane covered after it passed over the target, the bomb falls slightly backward, toward the direction from which the airplane came. When it explodes, the airplane is well out of danger.

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