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Where Did The Term "Firebomber" Come From?  
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Hello,

Sorry if this is a silly question, but I do wonder...why is a firebomber called a firebomber? Obviously you don't bomb the fire, as I guess it results in more fire...

Anthony

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

You do sort of bomb the fire, as in the flight profile is rather similar to WWII bombing runs. Also, many of the planes used to be (and still are) converted WWII era bombers.

User currently offlineJetlagged From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

I thought they were more normally known as water-bombers. Dropping the water as a bomb to douse the fire. Makes more sense than firebomber.

Firebomb is another word for an incendiary device, not what you'd want to drop under the circumstances.  Smile


User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

ah...I see, thank you!

Anthony


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