Interior of a B-47
Jim Ashford: January 25, 1944.
As with all propeller-driven airplanes, the "Jug" had torque depending on the power applied and the speed. You countered the torque by rudder trim or foot pressure on the rudder pedals. During a dive bomb run the aircraft speed would pick up and the power might reduce, which changed the rudder trim. Unless you applied more left rudder with the left hand, you had to push hard with the left foot on the rudder pedal to keep the aircraft in trim. In the early stages of our operation, you released bombs manually by pulling one of three releases on the left side of the cockpit. You had to be sure your hand was on the correct release and a strong pull was required. It got pretty busy on a dive bomb run.
The apparent typo in the caption here - "B-47" instead of "P-47" - is
intentional. The Thunderbolt was being turned from a Pursuit plane into a Bomber.
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