EVER since the days of LORD BEAVERBROOK (“big bombs— beautiful bombs”) the bomb has, in the mind of the British public, been surrounded by an aura of glamour and each larger missile that has been produced has been received with a flood of lyrical eulogies in the Press. We would not wish it to be thought that by writing in this way ,we are belittling the ingenuity of those like MR. B. N. WALLIS (on whom we are delighted to see has been conferred the honour of Fellowship of the Royal Society, in common with another great figure in British Aeronautics MR. W. S. FARREN—warm congratulations to both) who have successfully surmounted the many technical snags in designing successively larger bombs. Indeed, it is quite obvious that aerodynamically their latest effort, the 22,000‐pounder, is a big advance on any of its recent predecessors—themselves brobdingnagian in size—to which it is the immediate successor since in shape it more resembles the smaller bombs of earlier war days. It is fitted with the most interesting aerofoil‐sectioned fins which must result in remarkably steady flight and is of a streamline shape that must give it an extremely small drag factor, apart from allowing it to fit astonishingly snugly along the underside of the Lancaster fuselage.
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