provisions for electrical release, electrical arming, or
However, the shackle can be
electrically released if you attach an electrical release
unit, such as the Aero 7B-1, to the shackle structure. The
shackle can be mechanically armed if you attach arming
solenoids to the shackle or to the structure on which the
shackle is mounted.
The frame of the Mk 8 Mod 5 bomb shackle is an
inverted U-shaped member. The frame suspension lugs
are also U-shaped. They are attached to the ends of the
frame by pivot bolts, which retain the hook link
assembly in place within the frame. Inspection holes are
located in the frame above each suspension hook so you
can visually inspect individual hook latchings. There is
also a hole in the frame so you can insert a safety pin
that mechanically blocks the linkage to prevent the
hooks from releasing. Other components of the Mk 8
Mod 5 bomb shackle are the cocking lever, release lever,
latching lever, and associated springs.
When you cock the Mk 8 Mod 5 bomb shackle, you
move the cocking lever aft until the latching block on
the link assembly engages in the slot of the latching
lever. The roller on the latching lever rides up and seats
on the top of the release lever cam. When the release
lever is moved forward, either electrically by the
attached release unit or manually, the latching lever
moves down and away from the latching block. This
action allows the hook-opening spring and the weight
of the store to move the hook link assembly forward,
releasing the hooks.
Keep the Mk 8 Mod 5 bomb shackle in the released
position except when it is actually carrying stores. The
shackle is designed to operate without lubrication.
Maintenance is limited to cleaning the assembly with
dry-cleaning solvent (P-D-680), inspecting the
components for wear and operation, and replacing the
If you want more information about the Mk 8 Mod 5
bomb shackle, refer to Bomb Shackle Mark 8 Mod 5,
REVIEW NUMBER 4
The Mk 8 Mod 5 bomb shackle is mounted on
What is the suspension of the Mk 8 Mod 5 bomb
DISPENSERS AND EJECTORS
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the
purpose and use of dispensers and ejectors.
REVIEW NUMBER 3 ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS Q1. THROUGH Q8.
The BRU-32/A bomb ejector rack is installed on the F/A-18 aircraft.
The maximum capacity of the BRU-33/A bomb ejector rack is 2,000 pounds.
The major subassemblies of the MER and TER include an adapter assembly, a
wiring support assembly, and ejector units.
The adapter assembly of the MER houses the wiring support assembly on which
you can attach six individual ejector units.
You can attach three individual ejector units to the adapter assembly of the ITER.
The IMER and ITER ejector units are numbered according to the firing sequence.
The stores sensing switch, located on the forward hook of each station, signals
the rack whether a weapon is loaded on a particular station or not. If the forward
hook is closed, the switch signals the rack that the station is loaded, and will not
automatically step to the next station.
Custody of the IMER/ITER hardware kit and practice bomb adapter kits is
maintained at the organizational level.