The History of the U.S. Bomber

The bomb in all forms, large and small, is one of the deadliest things in world history. Whether it’s the force of a falling feather, or god himself, they have been essential to warfare since the creation of gunpowder. Now imagine that power in a plane. The ability to rain down horror on your enemies from the safe distance of the stars. It’s a great way to win a war and the history of the machinery behind it is even more spectacular. Let’s get started.

1934- The Army Air Corps purchases it’s first stategic bombers. Called the Y1B-17, It could fly 256 miles per hour at 30,600 feet with a range of 3,320 miles.

1943- After the start of WW2, first Britain’s Royal Air Force then the U.S Army Air Corps purchased thousands of B-17s and used them extensively in Europe.

1945- Boeing produces an advanced aircraft called the B-29. It has a pressurized cabin, electronic fire control system, and remote controlled machine gun turrets. The Army Air Corps used it extensively in the Pacific Theater.

1951- The jet age starts, and the Boeing B-47 “Stratojet” is produced. It featured a new swept wing design to accommodate its six engine, jet powered performance. The aircraft never saw combat.

1955- Boeing’s bomber heritage is used to build the eight engine, all jet B-52. When it entered service in 1955, it was to become the longest serving bomber ever.

1960- In March 15, 1960 the first supersonic bomber is put into service by the United States Air Force. It had a delta wing and could fly at Mach 2. It could also climb at 17,400 feet per minute fully loaded.

1986- “Operation El Dorado Canyon” takes place, in which several EF-111s and F-111s supported by F/A-18s bombed suspected terrorist operations.

There is much to be said that I did not include here. If you would like to find out more, make sure to research on your own! Hope you enjoyed!



This is quite interesting, especially for military aviation lovers! :)

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