If you want to switch from LD to HD in flight you should inventory all your MK-82AIRs as one of the pilot option types. Then you can make a profile with N/T and another with just N and easily switch between the two with a simple flip of the DMS switch. The INV trick doesn't work in real life. The annoyance is that the default data cartridge load isn't pilot option so you'd have to futz with the inventory before every flight. Not only is the pilot option configuration infinitely more flexible and desirable from a video game user's point of view, everything I've read suggests that's its also the most common when actual iron is involved.
Thats a easy one. Those are BDU-50s with a BSU-49. There is no fuze in those bombs so the only lanyard that is hooked up is the BSU-49 chute lanyard. The pilot thus has the option to select which config to drop the bomb in. If he selects nose the bomb would drop in a low drag config. Select anything else and the bomb will drop in HIgh drag config.
I'm sorry to bug you with more questions but I would really like to understand this. Could the BDU-50 in the picture have been set up in a way that the chute deploys every time regardless of fuze selection (N, T, NONE, N/T)?
Given this information:
"So in a FIXED HI your chute lanyard is wired to the fuze lanyard that is connected to the rack. Meaning when the bomb is dropped in an armed state the chute will deploy also."
I think the source of my confusion can be summed up this way:
"For the chute to deploy in FIXED HI the arming wire must be connected to an energized rack solenoid."
"For the chute to deploy in PLT OPT the arming wire must be connected to an energized rack solenoid."
This makes FIXED HI seem not so fixed, but variable. If that is the case then I'm not seeing how FIXED HI and PLT OPT are different from each other.
I hesitate to use DCS software as a primary experimental source but if you jettison a FIXED HI bomb not armed, the chute still deploys. If one ignores the INVALID FUZING warning and actually pickles a FIXED HI bomb with only the NOSE fuze selected, the ballute deploys in a seemingly predestined fashion despite the fact that only the nose fuze was selected. Of course you can't aim the thing because the CCIP imagery is blocked by the warning message. Should that happen?