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What are these engineers doing sitting on a large format drawing of B-47s aircraft?

As commented by Anilv, they are examining a factory production layout/plan. They most likely are attempting to resolve a production or supply problem, though as Anilv suggests, they may also be ...
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Why does the B-2 have a smaller payload than other bombers of comparable size?

The simple answer is that it is optimized for being low observable/stealthy, and long range, rather than for maximum payload. When you design an aircraft, you make a variety of trade offs depending ...
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What are these engineers doing sitting on a large format drawing of B-47s aircraft?

Just to confirm, one of the sites you mentioned says: Планирование производства бомбардировщиков B–47 на заводе ВВС США №6. Завод ВВС США №6, был построен в 1942–1943 годах в небольшом городке ...
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What is the meaning of nose-art on the Tu-160 bomber?

(wikimedia.org) Most of the Tu-160 in service are named, much like the B-2 bombers are. The one in the image is S/N: 7-02 "Василий Решетников / Vasily Reshetnikov" named after a WW2 pilot. You can ...
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Why does the B-2 Spirit have a pattern of thin white lines?

At a guess, they're 'walk here' lines, to show where you can walk, with the rest of the airframe being 'don't walk'.
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What is the meaning of nose-art on the Tu-160 bomber?

Most Tu-160's are named after notable Soviet military pilots. English Wikipedia doesn't have a complete list; here's a link to the Russian version. Out of 16 currently active Tu-160's, 9 are named ...
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Why do the B-2 Spirit's split elevons seem almost always deployed?

First, the linked video is not high speed -- that was a slow pass, intended to wow the crowd at an air show. Second, in that pass the aircraft was held in a bank, first toward the crowd, then away ...
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Isn't a "land based navy bomber" just an air force bomber?

The terms "Navy" and "Air Force" refer to distinctly different branches of military service. (The United States also has the Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard, and Space Force) Most ...
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Why does the B-2 have a smaller payload than other bombers of comparable size?

The B-1 and B-52 were introduced at a time when most bombs were not guided. Thus, the mission for these older bombers required larger payloads to deliver large quantities of "dumb" bombs to blanket ...
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What is the meaning of nose-art on the Tu-160 bomber?

Both messages are Russian names: Vasily Reshetnikov (flew 307 missions in WWII mainly as a pilot for a long-range bomber, Hero of the Soviet Union) in this picture and Alexander Novikov (Chief marshal ...
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Why do air forces still use bombers?

Short Answer: Because not every war or military mission needs an ICBM On the practical level, some air forces still use bombers because large payloads of standoff weapons like air launched cruise ...
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What are the terrain-following radar modes of the B1-B?

S/M/H = Soft, Medium, Hard. I had an F-111E pilot describe the TFR on H(ard) as being in a Jeep at 500mph. The A-K modes would seem to be these: The B-1B has a single Westinghouse APQ-164 radar with ...
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Did the jet stream really stop the B-29, or was it just bad luck?

Jets form along warm/cold airmass boundaries, such as the mid latitude Polar and Tropical air mass borders, where the warm side tapers off into a wedge shape at the top of the airmass at the ...
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Why does the B-2 Spirit have a pattern of thin white lines?

Military aircraft, believe it or not, have relatively thin sheets of aluminum, titanium, composite, or honeycomb panels for much of the airframe. To prevent these more fragile areas from being damaged,...
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Was a strategic bomber raid ever completely wiped out?

If you mean a "heavy bomber flight" being one that was completely destroyed, then yes... And it happens to be a very famous one... The Doolittle Raid consisted of 16 bombers that bombed ...
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Why do air forces still use bombers?

Bombers are one of the cornerstones of the Nuclear Triad. Along with Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Sumarine launched nuclear weapons, nuclear bombers provide the Nuclear Triad with three ...
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What are the 2 protrusions next to the fore ground lights on the Tu-22M3?

They appear to be pitot tubes, part of the air data system.
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When did the Tu95 first use its armament in combat?

Last year (!), at least per Wikipedia: On 17 November 2015, Tu-95s had their combat debut, being employed for the first time in long range airstrikes as part of the Russian military intervention in ...
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What are some disadvantages that come with a design like a B-2 spirit bomber?

If you’re talking about flying wings, which is what a B-2 Spirit is, they offer the following advantages and disadvantages: ADVANTAGES Extremely clean design. The absence of a fuselage, empennage, ...
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What are the terrain-following radar modes of the B1-B?

The A-K is the setting for altitude above the terrain for terrain following mode. Terrain avoidance on the right side shows altitude, but they are letter coded for terrain following because probably ...
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Why does the B-2 have a smaller payload than other bombers of comparable size?

For several reasons: Philosophy of Use: the B-2 was designed from the drawing board upward to be a nuclear bomber to specifically used for penetration of dense Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) ...
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Why do air forces still use bombers?

Lots of other good answers here, but in the interest of getting a bit more global: Let's say you're Angola and you're trying to set up your own air force after gaining independence from Portugal in ...
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Why do air forces still use bombers?

Aside from the cost, there is no way to tell if an ICBM is carrying a nuclear warhead or a conventional warhead. It would be very easy to spook a major power into misinterpreting intentions if a ...
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What causes this surface texture, and how does it affect flight characteristics?

I believe this is buckling of the fuselage, due to heavy compression loading. Buckling is the process of out-of-stress-plane movement which happens under compression. The below image shows it well. ...
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What were the typical dimensions of a WW2 US bomber formation?

The size of the bomber formations (bombers streams) varied significantly depending on the number of bombers , the time , location and other things. The most common figure quoted figure is around 70 ...
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Why do air forces still use bombers?

Where the B-2 is concerned, one must first look at the original contract, calling for 132 aircraft. Relevant as, not unlike our current Ohio and Virginia Class submarine force - the B-2 proposal ...
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Did the jet stream really stop the B-29, or was it just bad luck?

The B-29 could carry high explosive or incendiary bombs, or a mixture of both. High explosive bombs have a much higher terminal velocity, there for in the presence of appreciable cross winds, high ...
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Did the jet stream really stop the B-29, or was it just bad luck?

The above picture has been described as an illustration of the effect of the jet stream on bombing accuracy. If the suggestion is that the physical effect of the wind shear around the jet stream ...
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