Rotating Power

Tech. Sgt. Matt Gerrits, 307th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron armament systems specialist, prepares to load a guided bomb unit-12, at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Feb. 1, 2017. The GBU-12 utilizes a Mk82 500-pound general purpose warhead with a computer control group at the front end and an airfoil group at the back. When a target is illuminated by a laser, either airborne or ground-based, the guidance fins react to signals from the control group and steer the weapon to the target. Wings on the airfoil group add the lift and aerodynamic stability necessary for in-flight maneuvering. It was loaded in conjunction with other kinds of bombs on the Conventional Rotary Launcher. The new launcher is capable of carrying several different types of munitions at one time. The CRL was being prepped to undergo its first live-fire training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle/released)

PHOTO BY: Tech. Sgt. Ted Daigle
VIRIN: 170131-F-YH293-1052.JPG
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