Definition of bomb bay in US English:

bomb bay

noun

  • A compartment in the fuselage of an aircraft in which bombs are held and from which they may be dropped.

    • ‘The bomb was designed to be mounted across the bomb bay of a Lancaster bomber.’
    • ‘All bomb bay doors closed immediately and the flight leader started more evasive action as we pulled off the target.’
    • ‘The laser fire had punched through the engine and that lit up the bombs in the mini bomb bay within each wing.’
    • ‘The aircraft received the civil registration N3680G and an executive interior was installed and the bomb bay sealed.’
    • ‘The bomb bay is big enough that it is fitted with rotary launchers that can carry eight cruise missiles.’
    • ‘It was then that two crewmen climbed up inside the starboard wing and manually closed the bomb bay doors.’
    • ‘The bomb bay is in the underside of the fuselage forward of the wing.’
    • ‘The plane was also fitted with an internal bomb bay (which is open in this photograph).’
    • ‘Sergeant Berends left the flight deck for the bomb bay where he began transferring fuel from the dead engines to the straining right engines.’
    • ‘The largest piece of the aircraft is the bomb bay, still painted in its undercoat pink colour, and the area just to the rear of the bay.’
    • ‘He also checked the two visual fuel gauges on the left forward face of the bomb bay bulkhead behind the flight deck.’
    • ‘The aircraft did not have a bomb bay but did have a lounge with Pullman seats and refrigeration plus many other comforts.’
    • ‘Kline was catapulted forward 20 feet across the disintegrating bomb bay into the bulkhead of the command deck.’
    • ‘Because of the large bomb bay, the wing had to be mounted atop the fuselage and the two turbojets would be hung in pods under the wing.’
    • ‘He locked on the autopilot and headed for the bomb bay.’
    • ‘First I thought that a bomb had exploded in his bomb bay since, in a split second, the smoke was at his open doors.’
    • ‘The radio room is near the bomb bay and has a door that opens to a catwalk that leads to the pilot's compartment.’
    • ‘The group made two runs on the target but Duration Baby did not get the bomb bay doors open in time.’
    • ‘Grimy, sweaty, and with the weighty cargo far behind the bomb bay center of gravity, we used a lot of runway getting our Boeing cargo carrier into the air.’
    • ‘The bomb bay was brought back to original as was the radio compartment and many other bits and pieces were added to the interior as they became available.’

Pronunciation

bomb bay

/ˈbäm ˌbā//ˈbɑm ˌbeɪ/