strategic bomber

The unnerving mission of a B-36 mechanic: hours spent waiting in the wings of a Peacemaker to Maintain the Engines in Flight

The unnerving mission of a B-36 mechanic: hours spent waiting in the wings of a Peacemaker to Maintain the Engines in Flight

The B-36 Peacemaker mechanic Responding to the US Army Air Forces' requirement for a strategic bomber with intercontinental range, Consolidated… Read More

2 weeks ago

When Soviets faked a flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s to pretend they had a credible fleet of bombers, the US increased B-52 production by 35%

The fake flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s that increased B-52 production When the Myasishchev design bureau was reborn in 1951,… Read More

1 month ago

The Convair Water-Based B-58: the story of the Hustler seaplane strategic bomber that never was

The Hustler The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In addition… Read More

2 months ago

Six Turning, Four Burning: The story of how the Iconic B-36 Peacemaker got the Jet Engines

The Peacemaker Conceived during 1941 in case Germany occupied Britain, when US bombers would then have insufficient range to retaliate,… Read More

3 months ago

B-1B Instrument Flight Controls Specialist recalls when a Lancer Weapons Crew was crushed between B-1B’s Bomb Bay Doors (Luckily, he survived the incident)

The B-1A The B-1A was initially developed in the 1970s as a replacement for the B-52. Four prototypes of this… Read More

5 months ago

When Soviets faked a flyby of 28 Myasishchev M-4s to pretend they had a credible fleet of bombers, the US built thousands of B-47 and B-52 bombers and hundreds of KC-135s for real

Soviet strategic bombers Strategic bombing had proved decisive in helping the Western allies bring Nazi Germany to its knees during… Read More

5 months ago

B-1B Lancer strategic bombers from Ellsworth AFB temporarily relocate to Dyess AFB

B-1B Lancer bombers from Ellsworth AFB relocate to Dyess AFB After a B-1B Lancer crashed at Ellsworth Air Force Base… Read More

6 months ago

Footage features Avro Vulcan VX770 disintegrating during fast low pass at RAF Syerston in 1958

The Avro Vulcan The Vulcan was the second of the Royal Air Force’s ‘V bombers’ and like the Valiant and… Read More

6 months ago

The story behind the horrific photo of B-17G “Wee Willie,” the Flying Fortress with one wing blown off, plummeting to its doom

The B-17G Flying Fortress The Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype first… Read More

7 months ago

Two B-47 Stratojets attached to a B-36 Peacemaker: The B-36/B-47 Wing Tip-Tow that Never Was

Parasite fighters In the summer of 1943, the US began building up its heavy bomber forces in Europe at a… Read More

7 months ago

Video shows Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider first flight

B-21 Raider first flight Taken on Nov. 10, 2023 the video in this post features the first flight of the… Read More

8 months ago

The story of how the B-36 Peacemaker bomber was able to survive to five cancellation attempts during its career

In early 1949, the B-36’s future was highly questionable but although the Peacemaker’s ability to evade enemy fighters, the Air… Read More

10 months ago

Supersonic Victor! The story of the RAF strategic bomber that dived out of control from 46,000 to 16,000 feet in 20 seconds

After what seemed like a long time (actually about 20 seconds), there was a loud bang from the rear of… Read More

10 months ago

When the US tried to buy three Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers to convert them as launch platforms for Pegasus Space Launch Vehicle

16 out of 44 Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers would be scrapped, and three would be spared from the guillotine and… Read More

10 months ago

Video shows XB-70A Valkyrie Mach 3 strategic bomber doing an emergency landing

The XB-70A Valkyrie The XB-70A Valkyrie, built by the North American Aviation (NAA) Los Angeles Division for the US Air… Read More

1 year ago

USAF B-1B Bombers take part in Cope India exercise for first time (The Indian Air Force would need a Squadron of Lancer Strategic Bombers urgently)

The Indian Air Force, which has reportedly toyed with the idea of acquiring modern bombers in the past, would need… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s why USAF put B-52 and B-1B Strategic Bombers on a Giant Trestle

Due to their higher flight altitude and nuclear payload, SAC bombers were the primary object of the tests, but fighters,… Read More

1 year ago