The Best Cold War Bomber?




View Poll Results :The Best Bomber of the Cold War?
B-29 1 6.25%
Vulcan 3 18.75%
B-52 Stratofortress 7 43.75%
Victor 0 0%
Valiant 0 0%
B-2 Spirit 3 18.75%
B-1 Lancer (AKA "Bone&quot 2 12.50%
B-47 Stratojet 0 0%
B-36 Peacemaker 0 0%
Russian: Bison 0 0%
Russian: Blackjack 0 0%
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September 10th, 2004  
Rufus Excalibur
 

Topic: The Best Cold War Bomber?


Vulcan everytime. Most classic design of an aircraft that you could wish to see. In 1961, 30% of the total western nuclear deterrent was British. Then along came better SAMS and the Force of 150 bombers and there Yellow Sun Nukes were consigned to History.

Mod Edit:Moved to hardware...

Mode Edit: Added aircraft to Poll... :D
September 10th, 2004  
Airborne Eagle
 
 
Gotta go with the BUF.

Designed in the 1950s by guys with slide rules, retrofitted with AAMs (later, removed), still in service today.

Longevity, payload, bang for the buck.

Had it all.
September 10th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
Of course, the Valkyrie had TREMENDOUS potential as a supersonic bomber. Well ahead of its time and it could have been a great success. I always manage to forget its "B" designation though.
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September 11th, 2004  
Lil Hulk 1988
 

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The Backfire and Blackjack from Russia were probably the best. They caused a large amount of R&D in our own interceptors and missles just because of their existence and they were true supersonic bombers.
September 11th, 2004  
c/Commander
 
 
How many B-2s have been shot down? 0? That makes it the best bomber...zero attrition rate.
September 11th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
The B-2 is not really a cold war bomber...How many B52s got shot down?
September 11th, 2004  
Doppleganger
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by godofthunder9010
Of course, the Valkyrie had TREMENDOUS potential as a supersonic bomber. Well ahead of its time and it could have been a great success. I always manage to forget its "B" designation though.
Yup, it could have been up there with the great bombers but it was plagued with ill fortune (remember the Phantom crashing into one of the prototypes mid-flight back in 1971).
September 11th, 2004  
Six
 
The designation was the XB-70 Valkyrie. Actually, it was a NASA F-104 that crashed into the prototype, and it was in 1966, not 1971. If it had been operational, it probably would have been the best cold war aircraft. There was and still is no combat aircraft that can match its operational top speed of Mach 3.08.
September 11th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
True, but a Mig-25 can do 2.83, and fire a Missile that will catch up with the XB70....
September 11th, 2004  
Doppleganger
 
 
I think the Valkyrie was actually cancelled because of the Soviet's development of the Mig 25 'Foxbat'. Not only was the Mig 25 very fast, it also had a very high altitude ceiling.