banding straps and the top section of the metal pallet,
the shipping cap on the rear of the bomb body, and all
plastic shipping plugs from the fuze cavities. Then,
install hoisting bars, as necessary, for manual handling
of the bombs. Other suitable hoisting equipment may
be used when available. Finally, place the bomb on the
appropriate bomb skid or assembly stand.
INSPECTION.You need to inspect the bomb
for damage, stripped threads, cracks, or broken welds.
Make sure the bottoms of the suspension lug eyes are
flush with the weapon surface. Check to see that the
bomb's V-groove is clean and undamaged. Check the
fuze wells to ensure they are clean and dry. If nose
elements and/or electric tail fuzes are to be used, check
the electrical connectors to ensure they are not bent or
corroded. Press gently with a wooden dowel on the
connectors to ensure that they are firmly seated. Inspect
thermally protected bombs for loose or chipped
coating. Bombs that are missing more than 15 square
inches of thermal coating in one spot are not considered
thermally protected and are restricted from issue to
aircraft carriers. Damaged or otherwise unserviceable
bombs should be disposed of by following current
Install adapter boosters by using the procedures
discussed in the following text.
Fuzing for the thermally protected GP/TP
bomb to obtain cook-off protection is
limited to Fuze M904E4 with thermally
Figure 13-2.Weapon lug thread engagement.
Figure 13-1.Typical bomb assembly crew positions.