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Where Did The Term "Firebomber" Come From?  
User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2913 times:


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...


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User currently onlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17306 posts, RR: 67
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2907 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.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineJetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2602 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2891 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

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User currently offlineBlackhawk144 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

ah...I see, thank you!


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