B-1(B) Lancer (Bone)

If one word could describe this aircraft it would be sleek. From all angles one can see the the airframe's relatively small cross-section. For those who are interested in aircraft one can see that it resembles the civilian aircraft the Concorde, with its exceptionally slim fuselage and the long drooping slender wing profile with turbofan … Continue reading B-1(B) Lancer (Bone)

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FB-111 (Pt. 2 of 2)

The rear section, which is the aft fuselage, is home to the 2 turbofan engines, which are fed from the 2 intakes that begin just beneath and behind the leading edge of the "gloves". These intakes are variable area intakes, with a splitter on the fuselage beneath the leading edge of the "gloves". The engines … Continue reading FB-111 (Pt. 2 of 2)

FB-111 (Pt. 1 of 2)

This aircraft, manufactured by General Dynamics, looks less like the traditional bomber and more like an air superiority fighter especially with a body shape that looks quite similar to that of the F-14, despite that fact that it predates it. The aircraft builds on the legacy of the B-58 and B-70, being supersonic and jet … Continue reading FB-111 (Pt. 1 of 2)

B-70

The B-70 Valkyrie was developed as a supersonic bomber to replace the B-52 as a similar intercontinental strike aircraft that has a similar range and payload capacity, however the B-70 is supersonic. Development commenced in 1955 by the company now known as Rockwell International, with the contract being awarded in 1957 for prototype development. Now … Continue reading B-70

B-58

The B-58, was made by Convair and designated the Hustler, was the only supersonic bomber to enter service. I was defined by its small size, advanced weapon design and array of sensors carried externall on pods, not to mention its very short service period. The Air Force wanted a supersonic strategic bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, … Continue reading B-58

B-47 (Pt. 2 of 2)

By 1957 the production had come to an end with some 2,048 aircraft having been produced, but continued to serve with the SAC until the 1960s, retirement coming in 1966 for the bombers and the reconnaissance versions staying until 1967. The production of this aircraft was largely split between production bomber models and those converted … Continue reading B-47 (Pt. 2 of 2)

B-47 (Pt. 1 of 2)

The Boeing B-47 Stratojet is a bomber, but it marked the first in the line of swept wing jet propelled bombers. These 2 characteristics made it revolutionary in the world of aircraft, especially for its time. It was quite sophisticated with it use of technology which allowed for the reduction of its crew, which for … Continue reading B-47 (Pt. 1 of 2)

B-36

The B-36 by Convair was at the time the largest bomber by dimensions, length and wingspan. It was dreamt up in 1941 during the war (WWII), with the thought that the Germans could still possibly land at Britain. The motivation for the aircraft was for it to be a trans Atlantic bomber to strike Europe … Continue reading B-36

B-50

The B-50 Super Fortress is essentially the B-29 with improved engines, that eventually went on to replace the B-29 after WWII. Though slow at the start production ramped up on account of the decaying relations between the US and the Soviet Union, continuing unto 1955. In general it is recognised from its predecessor by the … Continue reading B-50

B-29

The B-29 was named the Superfortress, it was the most advanced bomber aircraft to see service in World War II. This culminated with its use as the bomber that dropped the first atomic bombs in August 1945. As a result in 1946 when the Strategic Air Command (SAC) was established the B-29 was assigned to … Continue reading B-29