"Gord Beaman" wrote
No, it's just the opposite Dave, you need power to enable a
'safe' drop (of course, thinking about it, you need power for
'any' drop don't you). Perhaps they figured it'd be better to
have it 'fail safe' to 'armed' just in case there was a fault in
the arming circuit which would preclude an armed drop,
On current aircraft, the fail mode is safe. The arming solenoids need power
to energize and retain the clip and wire.
The ejector carts run on different, multiple circuits.