Bomber R D Since 1945. The Role of Experience by Mark Lorell, Alison Saunders, Hugh P. Levaux

By Mark Lorell, Alison Saunders, Hugh P. Levaux

This document assesses the key traits within the heritage of jet bomber layout and improvement within the usa considering the fact that international warfare II to guage the function of earlier bomber and comparable learn and devel¬opment (RD) adventure between leading contractors. It builds on prior RAND learn said in Drezner et al. (1992). A later record will comprise the same survey of fighter plane layout and improvement. This learn is a part of a bigger learn meant to supply a conceptual framework to research the way forward for Air strength industrial-base RD actions. it's intended to enrich one other venture rfile being ready by way of Michael Kennedy, Susan Resetar, and Nicole DeHoratius that addresses the bigger learn attempt via proposing a conceptual framework and initial obser¬vations for assessing army aerospace layout and improvement potential. many of the learn and research during this document additionally seems to be in a RAND file being ready via John Birkler et al., so as to be a initial research of industrial-base concerns and implications for destiny bomber layout and creation.

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8 As early as October 1946, the Air Corps had launched its first major investigation of design approaches for a supersonic bomber, called the first Generalized Bomber Study, or GEBO I (Miller, 1985, p. 17). S. Air Force tactical attack bomber. A month later, Martin received a contract to modify and produce the British aircraft as the B-57. In June 1952, the Air Force ordered procurement as a medium tactical bomber of a slightly modified version of the Navy A3D Skywarrior nuclear bomber developed by Douglas.

174). This assertion seems unlikely. Boeing's proposal was apparently clearly inferior in supersonic capability. " (Knaack, 1988, p. ) In addition, the Air Force determined that Convair was considerably further along in its design study than Boeing. The apparent technical superiority of Convair's proposal is not hard to explain. Convair had more experience in investigating supersonic bomber concepts, beginning with the 1945 GEBO I study and flight testing of its proposed supersonic delta-design configuration with the XF-92 fighter demonstrator.

The original B-58 design was substantially modified in accordance with the "area rule" concept discovered during the F-102 program in 1952. In another example, the leading edge of the B-58 wing was redesigned before first flight to incorporate the "conical camber" design concept also developed on the F-102 program. (See Miller, 1985, pp. 25-26; Johnson, 1960, pp. 20-21; Gunston, 1993, p. )" "l Boeing did have some experience developing supersonic airframes. In the late 1940s, the company developed the Ground-to-Air Pilotless Aircraft, an unmanned supersonic winged missile or drone with a range under 35 miles intended to shoot down enemy aircraft.

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