A V-tail B-52 bomber?

Stargazer2006

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Just found this on the site DeviantART, of which I'm a member. The author of this image says:

"Is this a fictitious design? I can't find any information on this aircraft. Impressive design, though."

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Could it be he was inspired by some real Boeing sketch? Or is this pure fantasy?
 

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I think it's pure fantasy but not so far for real Boeing B-52 XXI Century updates

Take a look:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,245.0.html
 

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It looks like an artist rendering of an aircraft from Dale Brown's Dreamland books. I think he had another B-52 configured with delta wings and no tail - a delta wing B-1 as well.
 

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It looks like a half-way variant between a real-life BUFF and the "Megafortress" from Dale Brown's novels. Notice there's no pointed SST-style nose and the wings don't carry AIM-120 pylons. Also, the "Megafortress" was never described as having upturned wingtips.
 
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What's the red thing under it's chin? Is it a duct, or forward looking TV sensors?
 

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I vaguely recall hearing of a proposal to re-engine the B-52 with four VERY large turbofans in place of the eight engines it currently carries (no, I can't remember where, dammit!) but I don't think a V tail was talked of.

Come to think of it, has ANY successful military aircraft ever had a V tail?
 

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pathology_doc said:
Come to think of it, has ANY successful military aircraft ever had a V tail?

Yes ;)

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Denmark
 

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There have been quite a few proposals to re-engine the BUFF at various times but it always comes own to cost. Apparently there is a large stockpile of B-52 engines. Here's some images of big engines BUFFs.

The first has a TF-39 engine installed under the right wing. If anyone has pictures of it flying that would be great.
The next 2 images are artist depictions of Jumbo B-52s.
And finally a photoshopped Megafortress that looks like it's straight out of a Dale Brown book.
 

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There has been one successful v-tailed military aircraft...the F-117, anybody?

And the megafortress pic was originally from Dale Brown's website. Nic pic.
 

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a V Tail?
 

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I always wondered so myself, considering that Beechcraft, for instance, used both on their Bonanza aircraft and both worked fine. I guess it must be used to improve stability on aircraft such as the F-117 that didn't have horizontal stabilizers, but other than that, I sure could do with tips from an expert on that point... Anyone?
 

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I'm no engineer, but entirely from an aerospace enthusiasts' POV, the F-117's v-tail was for stealth purposes. The angling was just part of the design's tendency to deflect radar. Now you compare that to a standard BUFF's tail, sticking straight up at a 90 deg angle, which just reflects radar like it's nobody's business.
 

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Lauge said:
pathology_doc said:
Come to think of it, has ANY successful military aircraft ever had a V tail?

Yes ;)

Regards & all,

Thomas L. Nielsen
Denmark

Of course. Stupid me. *Facepalm*

For some reason I've always interpreted the F-117 tail as twin canted vertical stabilizers with a delta wing. Again, *facepalm*.
 

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From Air Force 1992/4.
 

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