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#21 Pete57

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:45 PM

The survivability of each bomber on a mission, at least until reaching the target, would also be important.


In 1952 the recon versions of three types of nuclear-capable bombers, the NA B-45C, the EE Canberra B.2 and the Boeing B-47B – the only one listed in this thread – performed deep penetration missions of the Soviet Union.

The RB-45C's flew daytime recon-missions, with USAF crews, over the Soviet Far-East and night-recon missions, with RAF crews, over Moscow and the Ukraine.

A Canberra B.2, equipped with a US-made, heated, 8-camera pod in the bomb bay flew another daytime recon mission over the Soviet missile facility at Kapustin Yar, under Operation Ju-Jutsu. The aircraft was damaged by a MiG-15, but managed to reach safety.

A B-47B, also with a camera-pod fitted in the bomb-bay flew another daytime recon mission on the Soviet Far East, flying out of Alaska. MiG-15’s attempted to intercept it, but having been scrambled too late, never managed to reach the bomber, which made good its escape.

I may be wrong, but it seems to me these missions clearly demonstrated the survivability factor – at least in the early fifties – of these three types and, to my knowledge, no other type ever got this close to a ‘real’ Cold-War operational test.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 08:47 PM

It almost seems to me that this should be broken down into two lists as these bombers are so different in purpose and design.  I agree survivability is critical to the success of these planes' missions but that's hard to quantify, since you can't just assign a number to it like you can with speed or range.  Based on the different metrics you've listed I'd put the B-36, B-52, TU-95 and Victor in one class and the B-47, B-58, TU-16 and Vulcan in another.   Sort of like WW2 bombers...you don't normally compare B25 and B26 to B17s, 24s and Lancasters since their mission and strengths were so different.



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:05 PM

the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird from New York to London in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 56.4 seconds. The 1,806-mph flight still holds the transatlantic speed record between the two cities. 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

My favorite cold war bombers were the B-58 Hustler and the Vulcan, for looks alone. The Soviet Tu-22M is a beautiful bird as well. 

 

An epic cold war movie, "FAILSAFE", was re-made in 2000 with a terrific cast.

 

I believe the bombers were B-58's that successfully penetrate Soviet airspace. One bomber is all that is needed to destroy Moscow. The resulting political

 

decision to avoid war is chilling. Watch "Failsafe" if you get a chance. 



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 06:04 AM

My favorite cold war bombers were the B-58 Hustler and the Vulcan, for looks alone. The Soviet Tu-22M is a beautiful bird as well. 

 

An epic cold war movie, "FAILSAFE", was re-made in 2000 with a terrific cast.

 

I believe the bombers were B-58's that successfully penetrate Soviet airspace. One bomber is all that is needed to destroy Moscow. The resulting political

 

decision to avoid war is chilling. Watch "Failsafe" if you get a chance. 

 

I enjoyed watching that. Thanks, hammy.



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Posted 30 July 2015 - 07:01 PM

The B36, B47 ,and the B52, were all good aircraft ,but my choice would be the Vulcan V Bomber.
Thanks guys, Keith...

#27 Heräkulman Ruhtinas

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 06:55 AM

Vulcan was the only one of these that could be adapted from high-altitude bombing to low-level interdictor strike. The delivered a good shock in Red Flag in '70's when RAF changed the mission profile and USAF found out that with their current tactics they were almost impossible to catch.


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