Anyone from the mortars

#1
Argument in pub. What is the max height that a 81 HE or WP mortar round could go in the air if fired from sea level. edit

Therefore how high would an aircraft have to fly to avoid being hit by a round.

Same argument for a 105.

I have a few beers on 12,000 for a 81, and 20,000 for a 105.

Bob
 
#8
ComeSunt said:
Argument in pub. What is the max height that a 81 HE or WP mortar round could go in the air if fired from sea level. edit

Therefore how high would an aircraft have to fly to avoid being hit by a round.

Same argument for a 105.

I have a few beers on 12,000 for a 81, and 20,000 for a 105.

Bob
Good luck hitting your aircraft, with a mortar, mind :D
 
#12
Auld-Yin said:
Spook_44 said:
As an ex-dropshort, I claim a 100% accuracy rate. We hit the ground every time!
Even with airbursts/illum?
Erm yes the carrier shell and para canopy assembly on illum will eventually hit the ground same with Prox/MT/MRF "High" its called gravity.....

Farkin airbust, Anyone for the mortuary..........
 
#14
Zoid said:
ComeSunt said:
Argument in pub. What is the max height that a 81 HE or WP mortar round could go in the air if fired from sea level. edit

Therefore how high would an aircraft have to fly to avoid being hit by a round.

Same argument for a 105.

I have a few beers on 12,000 for a 81, and 20,000 for a 105.

Bob
Good luck hitting your aircraft, with a mortar, mind :D
Unfortunately it did. Late in the 60's I think, in the Sennelager area. There is a memorial to it just off the edge of the training area. In flight Mortar bomb struck an aircraft with para's on board pre jump. Hence the reason you can only fire on certain charges there.
 
#15
26 June 1963. All 5 crew and 33 of the 42 paratroopers aboard were killed. Belgian aircraft downed by a British mortar.
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19630626-0&lang=en

Evidently it was a 3" mortar (if memory serves - and it's going back a bit, the charge system produced a maximum range about equivalent to Ch6 of the 81mm mortar, though the plotter fans I used back in the 70's were for 3" fired from a 81mm tube, so may not be totally relevant).
 

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