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A most efficient, less expensive and easily produced strategic bomber for WW II

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  • Arnold J Rimmer
    Given you've just tripled the bomb load you would have to radically strengthen the overall structure. With increased air resistance you will need more fuel and horsepower.

    Bigger plane, bigger target, and with no gunners fights can get in nice and close.

    Lastly, with the poor accuracy of the WW2 bombers, 1/3 as many planes means 1/3rd the hits.

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  • johns624
    No defensive armament? You lose one and it counts for three. Runways need to be much wider.

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  • A most efficient, less expensive and easily produced strategic bomber for WW II

    Combined, 3 B-17s have 3 pilots, 3 copilots, 3 bombardeers, 3 navitaor12 engines, 6 wingtips, 6 horizintal stabilizer tips and 3 very expensive sets of cantilever wings made of thousands of different parts, with many sizes of different ribs.

    A bomber made with 3 B-17 fuselages, parallel to each other and 50ft apart, which are joined by tandem inexpensive, easily produced constant section wings (4 wing sections, 2 low wings near the noses, 2 high wings in the rear, identical ribs, long strips of aluminum skin). There is a single pilot, a copilot, a navigator, a bombardeer and a Norton sight, instead of 1 of each in 3 B-17s)
    There are 2 engines (identical to the B-17s, but with 4 blade props) on each wing section (8 engines total, instead of 12 of 3 B-17s) and only twice the fuel capacity and wing area of a single B-17.
    This plane has no wingtip turbulence (the wings end on the outer fuselages).
    Since the crew flies in a single fuselage, only that fuselage has oxygen tanks and wind screens, seats, etc,
    The plane carries the same bomb load as 3 B-17s and delivers them in a smaller area and has no guns or gunners (a crew of 4, instead of 33 in 3 B-17s). It is faster and more stable during a bomb run and can survive Flak better than a single plane (it has 3 vertical stabilizers (each smaller than those on a single B17) and can continue flying with 5 engines out of order after dropping its bombs). It does not leave wingtip turbulence vortices that affect other planes during take off or during the bomb run.
    The 8 engines make less noise and fewer contrails than the 12 engines of 3 B-17s carrying the same bomb load.
    Because there are 3 times fewer planes flying to deliver the same bomb load in a raid and because the larger planes are more visible, there will be fewer collisions and fewer bombs hitting friendly planes on the way down. It is also easier for escort fighters to protect them and being faster and tougher, they are more difficult for enemy fighters to shoot down.

    Even if a landing gear is shot out, the plane still has 2 landing gears to land.

    Since the plane is much less expensive and easier to produce than 3 B-17s and since only 2/3 the fuel and a small fraction of the number of aviators (less wages, food, uniforms, training, etc,) is used for the same bomb load, the savings are considerable.

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