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    Heavy Bomber Aircraft from Origin to Present Day

    The Heavy Bomber saw an evolution after World War 1 and peaked during the Cold War - today's move being towards ballistic missiles, multirole aircraft and precision strike.





    The Heavy Bomber is a special classification of military aircraft designed with extended range and an expanded bomb-carrying capability. Prior to the rise of intercontinental ballistic missiles, national powers fielded a bevy of large aircraft - initially prop-powered and then jet-powered - to bring heavy ordnance loads onto enemy targets. Such early platforms saw use during World War 1 when taking the place of the vulnerable airship and continued their evolution during World War 2. The Cold War years eventually saw the heavy bomber peak as a viable,cost-effective delivery platform and only a few notable types remain in use today - including the faithful Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.


    There are a total of (72) Heavy Bomber Aircraft from Origin to Present Day in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.



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    A
     1 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro Lancaster

    Avro Lancaster
    Four-Engined Heavy Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
    A
     2 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro Lincoln

    Avro Lincoln
    Four-Engined Long-Range Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    A
     3 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Avro Manchester

    Avro Manchester
    Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    B
     4 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1

    BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1
    Jet-Powered Heavy Bomber Concept
    B
     5 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

    Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
    Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    B
     6 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress

    Boeing B-29 Superfortress
    Strategic Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    B
     7 


    1951
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet

    Boeing B-47 Stratojet
    Medium / Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    B
     8 


    1948
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-50 Superfortress

    Boeing B-50 Superfortress
    Heavy Bomber / Long-Range Reconnaissance Platform
    B
     9 


    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

    Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
    High-Altitude, Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
    B
     10 


    1947
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing B-54 (Ultrafortress)

    Boeing B-54 (Ultrafortress)
    Four-Engine, High-Altitude, Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
    B
     11 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)

    Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)
    Long Range Heavy Bomber Prototype
    B
     12 


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing Y1B-20

    Boeing Y1B-20
    Experimental Heavy Bomber
    C
     13 


    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.1

    Caproni Ca.1
    Heavy Day Bomber
    C
     14 


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.3

    Caproni Ca.3
    Heavy Bomber Biplane Aircraft
    C
     15 


    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the Caproni Ca.4

    Caproni Ca.4
    Triple-Engine Heavy Bomber Triplane Aircraft
    C
     16 


    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Caudron G.4

    Caudron G.4
    Heavy Bomber Biplane Aircraft
    C
     17 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator

    Consolidated B-24 Liberator
    Heavy Bomber
    C
     18 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator

    Consolidated B-32 Dominator
    Four-Engine Heavy Bomber
    C
     19 


    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker

    CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
    Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
    D
     20 


    1963
    Thumbnail picture of the Dassault Mirage IV

    Dassault Mirage IV
    Supersonic Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    D
     21 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Dornier Do 217

    Dornier Do 217
    Multirole Medium Bomber
    D
     22 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)

    Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
    Experimental Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    D
     23 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Douglas XB-31 (Raidmaster) (Model 423)

    Douglas XB-31 (Raidmaster) (Model 423)
    Super Heavy Bomber Design Proposal
    F
     24 


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the Fairey Hendon

    Fairey Hendon
    Heavy Night-Bomber
    F
     25 


    1932
    Thumbnail picture of the Farman F.211

    Farman F.211
    Day-Night Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Prototype
    F
     26 


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Farman F.220 (Series)

    Farman F.220 (Series)
    Four-Engined Heavy Day-Night Bomber
    F
     27 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Focke-Wulf Ta 400 (Amerika Bomber)

    Focke-Wulf Ta 400 (Amerika Bomber)
    Long Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
    G
     28 


    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the Gotha G.IV

    Gotha G.IV
    Strategic Heavy Biplane Bomber
    G
     29 


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Gotha G.V

    Gotha G.V
    Heavy Bomber
    H
     30 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Handley Page Halifax

    Handley Page Halifax
    Heavy Bomber / Night Bomber Aircraft
    H
     31 


    1934
    Thumbnail picture of the Handley Page Heyford

    Handley Page Heyford
    Heavy Night-Bomber / Crew Trainer
    H
     32 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)

    Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)
    Heavy Bomber
    H
     33 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Heinkel He 277 (Amerika Bomber)

    Heinkel He 277 (Amerika Bomber)
    Heavy Bomber Project
    H
     34 


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops

    Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops
    Heavy Bomber Prototype
    J
     35 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 287

    Junkers Ju 287
    Jet-Powered Heavy Bomber Prototype
    J
     36 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 290

    Junkers Ju 290
    Transport / Heavy Bomber / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    J
     37 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)

    Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
    Long-Range Heavy Bomber / Transport
    J
     38 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju 488

    Junkers Ju 488
    Heavy Strategic Bomber Prototype
    J
     39 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)

    Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)
    Jet-Powered Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
    K
     40 


    1933
    Thumbnail picture of the Kalinin K-7

    Kalinin K-7
    Heavy Bomber / Passenger Airliner
    K
     41 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-91

    Kawasaki Ki-91
    Heavy Bomber Proposal
    M
     42 


    1920
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin MB-2 / NBS-1

    Martin MB-2 / NBS-1
    Night Bomber Aircraft
    M
     43 


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin XB-16 (Model 145)

    Martin XB-16 (Model 145)
    Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Prototype
    M
     44 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin XB-33 Super Marauder

    Martin XB-33 Super Marauder
    Proposed High-Altitude Medium / Heavy Bomber
    M
     45 


    1932
    Thumbnail picture of the Mitsubishi Ki-20 (Army Type 92)

    Mitsubishi Ki-20 (Army Type 92)
    Four-Engined Long-Range Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    M
     46 


    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)

    Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
    Strategic Heavy Bomber
    N
     47 


    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima G10N Fugaku (Mount Fuji)

    Nakajima G10N Fugaku (Mount Fuji)
    Very-Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
    N
     48 


    1945
    Thumbnail picture of the Nakajima G8N Renzan (Rita)

    Nakajima G8N Renzan (Rita)
    Heavy Bomber
    N
     49 


    1964
    Thumbnail picture of the North American XB-70 Valkyrie

    North American XB-70 Valkyrie
    Prototype Supersonic Strategic Bomber
    N
     50 


    1997
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

    Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
    Strategic Heavy Bomber / Stealth Bomber
    N
     51 


    2032
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman B-21 (LRS-B)

    Northrop Grumman B-21 (LRS-B)
    Long Range Strike - Bomber / Stealth Bomber
    P
     52 


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)

    Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)
    Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    P
     53 


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Piaggio P.108

    Piaggio P.108
    Four-Engine Heavy Bomber
    R
     54 


    1986
    Thumbnail picture of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer

    Rockwell B-1 Lancer
    Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
    S
     55 


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the Short Stirling

    Short Stirling
    Heavy Bomber
    S
     56 


    1919
    Thumbnail picture of the Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII

    Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
    Heavy Bomber
    S
     57 


    1913
    Thumbnail picture of the Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)

    Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)
    Heavy Bomber / Reconnassaince Aircraft
    S
     58 


    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi T-4 (Sotka)

    Sukhoi T-4 (Sotka)
    Prototype Supersonic Strategic Bomber / High-Speed Reconnaissance Aircraft
    S
     59 


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Supermarine B.12/36 (Type 316)

    Supermarine B.12/36 (Type 316)
    Heavy Bomber Prototype
    T
     60 


    2025
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev PAK DA

    Tupolev PAK DA
    5th Generation Strategic Stealth Bomber
    T
     61 


    1932
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev TB-3 (ANT-6)

    Tupolev TB-3 (ANT-6)
    Heavy Bomber
    T
     62 


    1972
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)

    Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
    Long-Range Anti-Submarine Warfare Bomber
    T
     63 


    1954
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)

    Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
    Reconnaissance / Electronic Warfare / Heavy Bomber
    T
     64 


    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)

    Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)
    Strategic Long-Range Heavy Supersonic Bomber
    T
     65 


    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-4 (Bull)

    Tupolev Tu-4 (Bull)
    Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    T
     66 


    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-80

    Tupolev Tu-80
    Prototype Heavy Bomber
    T
     67 


    1951
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-85

    Tupolev Tu-85
    Prototype Heavy Bomber
    T
     68 


    1956
    Thumbnail picture of the Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)

    Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
    Strategic Reconnaissance / Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    V
     69 


    1919
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Vimy

    Vickers Vimy
    Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft
    V
     70 


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Warwick

    Vickers Warwick
    Multirole Heavy Bomber Aircraft
    V
     71 


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Vickers Windsor

    Vickers Windsor
    Heavy Bomber Prototype
    Z
     72 


    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the Zeppelin-Staaken R-series

    Zeppelin-Staaken R-series
    Heavy Bomber Aircraft