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February 16 2011 at 5:36 AM
FrankB  (Login FranklinB)
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Response to The two inner pylons on each wing pivoted

You're right, the two most inboard pylons sets , on stations 3,4,5, and 6 pivoted, so any stores/tanks on them were aligned with the airflow. The next pair outboard, stations 2 and 7, were fixed and didn't pivot. The angle they were set at was 26 degrees, which was the normal cruise wing sweep setting. Since for takeoff and landing the wings were usually set at 16 degrees, when the wings were set fully forward to that setting, any stores/tanks on stations 2 and 7 appeared toed-in by 10 degrees. When the wing sweep handle was pulled back to the 26 degree cruise setting, anything on 2 and 7 was now aligned with the airflow. The most outboard stations, 1 and 8, were also fixed at 26 degrees, but except for some early test flights, I don't believe there was any operational use for them.
FrankB/former FB driver, etc.

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