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UWA-0049 WWII US Army Air Forces Mk23 Practice Bomb INERT

This item is listed for historical interest only. It is not for sale.
Item #21340

We ran out of these a few months ago and now we have ONE more. The AN MK-23 practice bomb was one of three similar miniature practice bombs used for low-altitude horizontal or dive bombing practice during WWII. The other two were the AN MK-5 and the AN MK-43. The MK-23 has an overall length of 8.25" and is made of cast iron. The diameter at its largest point is 2.18". The fins are 2.5" in length. The weight, when empty, but with firing pin was 2 lbs-14 oz. while when armed was approximately 3 lbs-0 oz. The main differences among the three miniature bombs were that the MK-23 was made of cast iron, the MK-5 was made of zinc-alloy, and the MK-43 was made of lead-antimony. This gave each bomb a different weight for a different purpose. All three bombs used a 10-gauge shotgun shell as the signal (AN MK-4). The MK-23 was the most common of the miniature practice bombs and was mostly used for land targets, but could not be used against armored-deck target boats. Five bombs could be carried in the MK-43 Bomb Rack and eight could be carried in the MK-47 Bomb Rack. This particular example is in great condition.  This one is so nice, it still has the cap in the nose.  Don't miss this one!

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