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MK-20 Rockeye Cluster Bomb Unit

 
 
MK-20 Rockeye Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 12, 2015
1. MK-20 Rockeye Marker
Inscription. SN: Unkown
Date Acquired: June 1, 2008
From: US Air Force
Displayed: July 30, 2008

This Units History

Was used on the F-117 program as a test load.

The MK-20 Rockeye is a free-fall, unguided Cluster Bomb Unit (CBU) designed to kill tanks and armored vehicles. The system consists of a clamshell dispenser, a mechanical MK-339 timed fuse, and 247 dual-purpose armor-piercing shaped-charge bomblets.

The bomblet weighs 1.32 pounds and has a 0.4-pound shaped-charge warhead of high explosives, which produces up to 250,000 psi at the point of impact, allowing penetration of approximately 7.5 inches of armor. Rockeye is most efficiently used against area targets requiring penetration to kill.

Fielded in 1968, the Rockeye dispenser is also used in the Gator air-delivered mine system. The bomblets free fall over a 3,300 square yard area and detonate on impact. The shaped warhead charge in the bomblet is good against armor and soft skinned targets.

During Desert Storm US Marines used the weapon extensively, dropping 15,828 of the 27,987 total Rockeyes against armor, artillery, and antipersonnel targets. The remainder were dropped by Air Force (5,345) and Navy (6,814) aircraft.

The Mk 427 Mod 0 and Mod 1 shipping and storage containers encase one fully assembled Mk 20 bomb cluster. The reusable

MK-20 Rockeye CBU and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 12, 2015
2. MK-20 Rockeye CBU and Marker
containers consist of metal upper and lower shell assemblies that are secured with either 16 quick-release latches (Mod 0) or 18 "T" latches (Mod 1).

A rubber gasket provides an environmental seal when the upper and lower shells are mated. External frame members are welded to each half of the container so the containers can be stacked six high and provide the necessary fittings for ground-handling equipment.

 
Erected by Joe Davies Heritage Airpark.
 
Location. 34° 36.17′ N, 118° 5.264′ W. Marker is in Palmdale, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on E Avenue P west of 25th Avenue E, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at Joe Davies Heritage Airpark. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2001 E Avenue P, Palmdale CA 93551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A-4AR Cockpit Trainer (a few steps from this marker); Wright J65 Turbojet Engine (a few steps from this marker); F-101 VOODOO Escort Fighter (within shouting distance of this marker); William J. "Pete" Knight (within shouting distance of this marker); F-86F-30 (within shouting distance of this marker); B-2 Spirit (within shouting distance of this marker); Stanley P Butchart 1928 - 2008 / C-140 Jetstar (within shouting distance of this marker); James J. Stegman 1920 - 2009 / A-4C Skyhawk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palmdale.
 
Categories. Air & Space

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 18, 2018, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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