from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The compartment in the fuselage of a combat aircraft into which bombs are loaded and from which they are dropped.


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  • Alarmed by the big bang, Walker immediately scrambled up and out of the X-1A and into the bomb bay of his mother ship.

    First Man

  • Special reconnaissance aircraft fitted for electronic surveillance; compartment in bomb bay housed equipment and operators; 220,000 Ibs. gross takeoff (could be refueled in flight to 221,000 Ibs.); 5-6 crew; first flight June 1955; 32 built.

    Strategic Air Command: People Aircraft and Missiles 2nd Edition


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