... After the Forrestal fire in 1967 a special ablative coating covered the bomb body and second yellow stripe was added to the nose of Navy bombs ... Post 1967 ablative coating two stripe Navy Mk 82 ...
Stik's right about the Navy bombs procured after 1967, however, it was a number of years after that before all the pre-1967 bombs made it all the way through the inventory. During that period, some Mk 82's were one stripers and some had two. You never knew what was coming out of the magazine on a given day. The following photos were taken aboard the USS Kitty Hawk on Yankee Station in 1970-71, the Westpac I was on with VF-114 (CVW-11), and are provided to you from my personal library:
The bomb farm (two stripers, mostly, but look carefully and you'll see some one stripers - also, notice the differences in stripe width and location - there could be quite a variance):
One stripers moving a little closer to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos:
One stripers on the magazine deck, prior to stowage (this is how they highlined aboard from supply ships, in this type of 'container'):
Two striper being fused:
Another two striper getting a fuse job:
One stipers waiting for a ride on an A-7 (note the cart full of nose fuses and arming wires):
Navy bomb loading gear in action on an F-4J, LOL! (courtesy of VF-213). Note the hernia bar screwed into the nose fuse cavity - much leverage gained. Two stripers this time:
So, even on Navy 'Nam builds after 1967, you can use one yellow sripe on the Mk-82's, or you can use two stripes and still be accurate. Prior to 1967, one stripe is the ticket.
Stik - thanks for all the cool ordnance photos, as always. This was my chance to show you some, finally .