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- Jun 14, 2006
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shockonlip said:Very cool!
I always preferred the tandem cockpit myself.
JohnR said:I wonder if, if the production B52 had been turboprop powered would it have had the same longevity as the actual B52?
mmm, i'd not be so sure. After all look at the Bear... Besides, the B-52 was "saved" by missiles since at least the late 70s. SAC was very aware that as a gravity bomb deliverer (key to PRECISION bombing, even with megaton range bombs) it was of doubtful value by mid-60s, although it persisted in developing stand-off missiles as "SAM destroyers" to carve a safe penetration corridor in Soviet defenses (this carried to the demise of Skybolt, since Minuteman was deemed superior against known fixed SAM bases). A swept wing B-36 with turboprops would have been still valid as a stand-off launcher, besides having more range AND more load carrying capability. The B-52 was superior in point speed over the target, and that was the selling point for SAC (with a lot of gyrations, though), and range was cured with aerial refuelling at the tune of hundreds of specialized tankers. Actually, the definitive B-52 was very different from the one that won the Heavy Bombardment Competition in 1946, and, what's more, the specifications were totally different, and evolved with the evolution of the design..... Back then the Air Force could do that at will, nowadays it would have been impossible (see the KX competition).Doubtful. Jets were going to replace turboprops outright. Otherwise the B-36 would have been retained.
Skybolt said:Consider a big belly turboprop B-36 in mid 1970s and imagine what would the SCAD and the mini-cruise be.
circle-5 said:A USAF Douglas 1211-J over SFO, headed for Siberia from Castle AFB to demonstrate creative uses of American hydrogen to comrade J. Stalin. Note F-92 fighter escorts underwing. Again, this scene never actually took place.
Triton said:Drawing and models of the Douglas 1211-J.
This Model 450-65-10C was one of several proposals for a supersonic follow on to the B-47. Engines were to have been J57s. Span was 87 feet, with 3.5 to 1 aspect ratio, and 2,190 sq ft area.