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

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  • Draco
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    We are using three fuselages, each carrying the same bomb load, but a smaller total load than a single B-17 (no horizontal stabilizer, 2.67 engines, 67% as much fuel and wing area and 1.33 men per fuselage, instead of 4 engines, 11 men and MGs, ammo, turrets, oxygen for the large crew, etc,).

    The plane is a much smaller target than 3 planes carrying the same bomb load and much less vulnerable to damage (in part because it flies faster and in part because it is much more difficult to shoot down a plane with 8 engines, no horizontal stabilizer and 3 vertical stabilizers).

    After dropping its bomb load this plane is extremely fast and because it has no wingtip turbulence and much lower wing load, it can fly above the ceiling of the enemy fighters.

    On the contrary, with a much more concentrated formation (3 planes in 1), there is much smaller bomb spread. We are talking about B-17s attacking industry with escort in daylight, much more accurate than RAF.

    Even if a plane is shot down, only 4 men are lost and the cost of 2 planes.

    1,000 such planes and 4,000 aviators can be produced much more rapidly than 3,000 B-17s and 33,000 aviators.
    Last edited by Draco; 08 Jun 15, 14:09.

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

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