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Aichi D3A dive bomber over Pearl Harbor


Aichi D3A dive bomber over Pearl Harbor


A silhouetted Aichi D3A "Val" two seat dive bomber is seen pulling out of a dive during th attack on Pearl Harbor.

The trapeze can be seen between the two fixed landing gear. The trapeze swung the bomb clear of the propeller when it was released. Outboard of each landing gear the dive breaks in the down position are visible. The diving breaks prevented the bomber from accelerating so fast that it would be unable to pull out of the dive.



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