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Questions tagged [bomber]

Military airplane designed to carry and drop bombs on targets.

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How many variations are there of the Avro Lancaster?

How many different variations of the Avro Lancaster are there?
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Why does the B-29 not have pilot-accessible thrust?

Watching this incredible B-29 Superfortress flight, I was amazed to see that it required a dedicated person to manage the 4 engines and their power levels. Why was the throttle not placed between the ...
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What plane is shown here in the movie Rampage?

I'm not sure if its a real life airplane, but I feel like I have seen it somewhere: It looks similiar to the F-117 Nighthawk, pictured below, but it is definitely not this:
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Why did the B25 Mitchell have no belly gunner?

The B-25 Mitchell doesn't have a belly gunner, which would seem quite dangerous. Why didn't it have one?
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How effective was WWII bombers self defense anti-air armament?

Bigger WWII bombers like e.g. the B-17 Flying Fortress were equipped with lots of machine guns for self-defense against single-seat fighter aircraft. Wikipedia says: Defensive armament increased ...
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Why don't modern heavy bombers have gun turrets?

I know that for a period of time the B-52 had a tailgunner, but nowadays many heavy bombers lack any turret defense.Why?
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What is the meaning of nose-art on the Tu-160 bomber?

The BBC reports another Tu-160 interception on 15 Jan 2018 and it's clear that there is a large message painted on the side of the bomber. Looking at the Wikipedia page, it seems this style of nose-...
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Why don't bombers have close-in weapon systems (CIWS)?

Besides the TU-22 radar-controlled rear-cannon, why aren't there close-in weapon systems (CIWS) on planes to defend against incoming missiles? The tech seems to be there.
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Why F4 Phantom II didn't have an cannon? [duplicate]

Question is simple but seriously ? Who would design a FIGHTER bomber without an cannon ? What was the crazy reason they didn't added an cannon to it ? (Also My CPU is Athlon X2 II 250.... If only I ...
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Why was the Junkers Ju 87 not upgraded with a jet engine? [closed]

Given that the Stuka dive bomber was famous during ww2 for its dive bombing attack but as we all know it was easily shot down by enemy fighters because of its slow speed especially during the later ...
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Did the Stuka Ju-87 really have a radio altimeter? If so, when?

This is what Wikipedia says near the end of its radio altimeter article: The radio altimeter first showed up in the German Junkers Ju-87 "Stuka" dive bomber which was equipped with one for ...
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Why does the B-2 have a smaller payload than other bombers of comparable size?

B-2 Spirit1 Payload 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilograms) Wingspan 172 feet (52.12 meters) Weight 160,000 pounds (72,575 kilograms) Maximum takeoff weight 336,500 pounds (152,634 kilograms) Range ...
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What causes this surface texture, and how does it affect flight characteristics?

The picture on this answer to "What is this plane seen in Mobile, Alabama?" shows a B-52D Stratofortress with a very irregular surface texture. (Source) Were they like this when they were new, or is ...
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What are the 2 protrusions next to the fore ground lights on the Tu-22M3?

Here's a reference image : What are those 2 spokes coming out next to the ground lights ?
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What would happen if a plane lost half of its weight instantly?

During the Second World War the RAF had a 10,000 kg bomb, the "Grand Slam", which was dropped from a Lancaster bomber. I assume that when this was dropped the plane would lurch upwards. Is there any ...
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What are the differences in design considerations for ground attack and air dominance aircraft?

What parameters and types of performance are designers trying to maximize when building an air dominance fighter plane rather than a ground support fighter? What are the trade offs between them - what ...
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What are some disadvantages that come with a design like a B-2 spirit bomber?

Here is a B-2 Spirit: source Source Many different things can get in the way with a design like a B-2. Although it has really good stealth and looks, does it have any disadvantages that come with ...
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What does the crew of a long range miltary aircraft eat during a mission?

The B-52 and other big aircraft often fly long missions. What does the crew eat or drink? Is there a list of recommended things to eat, or of specific foodstuff to avoid? How is it stored onboard?
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What would the ranks most likely be of the crew of a B-1B?

I'm currently attempting to write a novel which briefly features a modified B-1B undertaking a risky, highly important mission in support of a Special Access Program. Since a few scenes are set in the ...
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Are nuclear bombers themselves damaged after dropping bombs?

Shock waves resulting from low intensity explosions can easily reach 10,000m/s. About 5% of the energy released in a nuclear air burst is in the form of ionizing radiation: neutrons, gamma rays, ...
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How do pilots board the B-1B Lancer?

I've noticed that there isn't any type of hatch/plug door near the canopy of the B-1B Lancer. How do pilots enter and exit the aircraft?
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What makes a bomber able to deliver nuclear bombs?

Currently the German Luftwaffe has Panavia Tornados to deliver American nuclear bombs in case of war. The bombers are getting older and are currently modernized. The German Luftwaffe also has ...
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Are strategic bombers still useful, or are fighters taking over this role?

During the mid 20th century and cold war, armies were having clear distinction between those aircraft designed as strategic bombers and those designed to be fighters for aerial combat. My ...
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Why is the XB-70's Top speed only about 60mph higher than its cruise speed?

The maximum and cruise speeds listed for North American XB-70 Valkyrie are: Maximum speed: Mach 3.1 (2,056 mph, 3,309 km/h) Cruise speed: Mach 3.0 (2,000 mph, 3,200 km/h) Why is there such ...
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Why do heavy bombers not carry air to air missiles?

Imagine a heavy bomber – such as the B52, Tu160 or B1 – is heading toward a hot zone carrying a large number of AMRAAM or longer ranged missiles. Why doesn't it also carry air-to-air ...
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Can someone identify this warplane silhouette?

I saw this picture today in a news article about the current conflict in Iraq/Syria. The caption claims it is a US warplane, but I don't recognise the silhouette. Can someone identify this plane?
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Why do Air Forces still use bombers?

Something I have wondered about recently, since the advent of ICBM's what is the point of long range bombers like the B2? I understand they have longer range and can carry more payload but wouldn't ...
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Why/How is the B-52 still in service?

The B-52 was introduced in 1955, and is still used by the US Airforce, and is expected to remain in use till the 2040s. On the other hand, the A-4 Skyhawk was introduced in 1956 and retired in 1998/...
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Have B-25's and B-26's been converted for private business use?

In the movie Cash McCall, the main character, McCall, owns an aircraft that looks remarkably similar to a B-25 or B-26, but is painted yellow and has no turrets. Have these aircraft been converted ...