SD 500, SD 500 A and SD 500 E

Over-All Length: 82.0 in.
Body Length: 54.0 in.
Body Diameter: 17.5 in.
Wall Thickness: 1.0 in. wall; point 5.0 in.
Tail Length: 35.5 in.
Tail Width: 18 in.
Total Weight: 535 kg

Filling: Amatol 60/40; TNT And Wax
Weight Of Filling: 200 kg. approx
Charge/Weight Ratio: 37%
Fuzing: 5 Series

SUSPENSION: Horizontal, by means of an H-Type lug secured to a suspension band.
COLOR AND MARKINGS: Field grey over-all with red stripes on cone. "D500 stg" stenciled on body in black.

CONSTRUCTION: All bombs in the SD 500 series are of one-piece drawn steel construction. The main difference between the three modifications is the variation in wall thickness. One transverse fuze pocket is located aft of the suspension band. To insure high order detonation, a central exploder tube has been inserted longitudinally through the explosive cavity. The tail unit is constructed of sheet steel and has a ring type strut. The unit is secured to the bomb in the same manner as the tail on the SC 1000 bomb. A parachute type tail unit for this bomb has been found. This unit is composed of a detachable sheet metal parachute container, open lattice type parachute, and a standard base plate with an additional web and ring of cast steel spot welded together to form an anchorage for the parachute shackles. (Only one such unit has been found)

All information for this entry were acquired from Army Technical manual TM 9-1985-2/Air Force Technical Order TO 39B-1A-9 GERMAN EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE (Bombs, Fuzes, Rockets, Land Mines, Grenades & Igniters)