Best "Western World" post WWII Bomber

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  1. the lancaster kicks ass

    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    which is/was best??
     
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    Post-WW2 - this should be in the other forum. this is for modern planes, classified by being after Vietnam, ill move it later
     
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    the lancaster kicks ass Active Member

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    that's for your opinion............
     
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    Bomer is spelled with a B in the middle...

    BOMBER.....
     
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    No doubt - Avro Vulcan - okay, it had a smaller bomb load, but apart from that it could do all the things a B52 could, and was far more manouverable. I wonder how it would developed, had Skybolt not been cancelled? Maybe a vastly upgraded version would still have been in service today?
     
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    Avro Vulcan's are great planes 8)
     
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    I remember in the Eighties seeing several of them lined up in a row by the perimeter wire - impressive stuff!

    Mind you, you need to see, hear, and feel one take off. I've never heard such a racket in my life, and the sight of this huge Vulcan lifting off the tarmac - brilliant! :D
     
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    Lucky...

    Like a lot of planes, I didnt know they existed until about a year ago :lol:
     
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    I've seen a Vulcan fly too, its an awe-inspiring sight. Im not sure if you can class it as being 'better' than the B52 tho, it doesnt have such an extensive combat record, so it remains a 'what-if' :confused:
     
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    To be sure, it's all hypothetical, the job it was designed to do was thankfully just a 'what if'.

    Nah, what I was getting at was that the manouverablity of such a big crate was astounding, it could even outfly EE Lightnings, which in turn proved more than a match for the Phantom.
     
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    Very true 8) I was just thinking in terms of actual action they'd seen, the B52 was a nuclear bomber by design, but it managed to carve itself a new niche with the Arc Light raids in Vietnam. It would have been interesting to see how the Vulcan survived such a drastic change in its mission profile.
     
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    I saw one fly at an air show here, about twenty years ago.
    It was an impressive display! :)
     
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    B-36 is good also 8) Did it ever see any form of combat?
     
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    No. It was only in service for eight years, before being replaced by the B-52. It never saw combat.
     
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    I believe some were later converted to RB-36 standard and used in recon overflights of Communist territory. Of course, the USAF does not count this as combat as the overflights never happened ;)
     
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    perhaps CC didn't quite get that part.........
     
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    I knew I was missing summit...what am I missing?
     
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    It's the fact the the US Government deny that it ever happened!
    Soviets: Did you do any spying missions with those B-36's of yours?
    US (Even though they probably did):No, of Couse not!
    Soviets: Then where did this spy material of yours originate from? Eh?
    US: How did you know it was spy material?
    Soviets: Our Spies... D'OH! #-o

    Ayway, after the Vulcan, It'd have to be the B-2, Then the B-1.
     
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