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Throughout the Cold War decades, American bombers evolved to fly faster and higher in an effort to avoid the enemy interceptors and missiles that would meet them.

There are a total of [ 54 ] Cold War U.S. Bombers entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator. This listing also includes prototype, conceptual and experimental types. Also consider S.A.C. (Strategic Air Command) aircraft.




1
Picture of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
National Flag Graphic
1937
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Aircraft
2
Picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Strategic Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Aircraft
3
Picture of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet
National Flag Graphic
1951
Boeing B-47 Stratojet
Strategic Medium / Heavy Bomber Aircraft
4
Picture of the Boeing B-50 Superfortress
National Flag Graphic
1948
Boeing B-50 Superfortress
Heavy Bomber / Long-Range Reconnaissance Platform
5
Picture of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
National Flag Graphic
1955
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
High-Altitude, Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
6
Picture of the Boeing B-54 (Ultrafortress)
National Flag Graphic
1947
Boeing B-54 (Ultrafortress)
Four-Engine, High-Altitude, Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
7
Picture of the Boeing XB-55
National Flag Graphic
1947
Boeing XB-55
Strategic Bomber Proposal
8
Picture of the Boeing XB-59
National Flag Graphic
1949
Boeing XB-59
Supersonic Medium Jet Bomber Proposal
9
Picture of the Bristol Beaufighter
National Flag Graphic
1940
Bristol Beaufighter
Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter / Night-Fighter Aircraft
10
Picture of the CAC Wirraway
National Flag Graphic
1939
CAC Wirraway
Multirole / Trainer Aircraft
11
Picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
National Flag Graphic
1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Four-Engined Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
12
Picture of the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
National Flag Graphic
1943
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
Long-Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft
13
Picture of the CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
National Flag Graphic
1949
CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
14
Picture of the CONVAIR B-58 Hustler
National Flag Graphic
1960
CONVAIR B-58 Hustler
Supersonic Delta-Winged Jet-Powered Medium Bomber
15
Picture of the CONVAIR Submersible Seaplane
National Flag Graphic
1966
CONVAIR Submersible Seaplane
Anti-Ship Attack Craft
16
Picture of the CONVAIR XA-44 (XB-53)
National Flag Graphic
1949
CONVAIR XA-44 (XB-53)
Attack Platform / Medium Bomber Proposal
17
Picture of the CONVAIR XB-46
National Flag Graphic
1947
CONVAIR XB-46
Jet-Powered Medium Bomber Prototype
18
Picture of the CONVAIR YB-60
National Flag Graphic
1952
CONVAIR YB-60
Strategic Bomber Prototype
19
Picture of the Curtiss XBTC (Model 96)
National Flag Graphic
1945
Curtiss XBTC (Model 96)
Carrierborne Torpedo / Dive Bomber Prototype
20
Picture of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
National Flag Graphic
1942
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Multirole Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
21
Picture of the Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
National Flag Graphic
1956
Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
Fleet Air Reconnaissance / Strategic Bomber Aircraft
22
Picture of the Douglas B-26K Counter Invader (A-26B)
National Flag Graphic
1966
Douglas B-26K Counter Invader (A-26B)
Tactical Support / Ground Attack Aircraft
23
Picture of the Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer
National Flag Graphic
1956
Douglas B-66 / RB-66 Destroyer
Tactical Light Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
24
Picture of the Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
Heavy Bomber Aircraft Prototype
25
Picture of the Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
National Flag Graphic
1944
Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
Experimental Pusher Bomber Aircraft
26
Picture of the Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster
National Flag Graphic
1946
Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster
Experimental Bomber Aircraft
27
Picture of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
National Flag Graphic
1967
General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark
Long-Range Strategic Medium Bomber / Tactical Strike Aircraft
28
Picture of the Grumman A-6 Intruder
National Flag Graphic
1963
Grumman A-6 Intruder
Carrierborne All-Weather Heavy Strike Aircraft
29
Picture of the Grumman TBF Avenger
National Flag Graphic
1942
Grumman TBF Avenger
Carrier-Borne Torpedo Bomber Aircraft
30
Picture of the Heinkel He 111
National Flag Graphic
1935
Heinkel He 111
Medium Bomber Aircraft
31
Picture of the Junkers Ju 52
National Flag Graphic
1932
Junkers Ju 52
Tri-Motor Transport / Medium Bomber Aircraft
32
Picture of the Liore-et-Olivier LeO 45
National Flag Graphic
1938
Liore-et-Olivier LeO 45
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
33
Picture of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
National Flag Graphic
1982
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
Low-Observable / Stealth Strike Aircraft
34
Picture of the Lockheed Hudson
National Flag Graphic
1939
Lockheed Hudson
Twin-Engine Multirole Aircraft
35
Picture of the Lockheed Ventura / Harpoon
National Flag Graphic
1942
Lockheed Ventura / Harpoon
Patrol / Light Bomber Bomber Aircraft
36
Picture of the Martin B-57 Canberra
National Flag Graphic
1954
Martin B-57 Canberra
Tactical Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
37
Picture of the Martin JRM Mars
National Flag Graphic
1943
Martin JRM Mars
Flying Boat Aircraft
38
Picture of the Martin P4M Mercator
National Flag Graphic
1950
Martin P4M Mercator
Maritime Patrol Bomber Aircraft
39
Picture of the Martin P5M Marlin
National Flag Graphic
1952
Martin P5M Marlin
Maritime Service Flying Boat Aircraft
40
Picture of the Martin XB-48
National Flag Graphic
1947
Martin XB-48
Jet-Powered Medium Bomber Prototype
41
Picture of the Martin XB-51
National Flag Graphic
1949
Martin XB-51
Jet-Powered Bomber Prototype Aircraft
42
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
National Flag Graphic
1983
McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
Carrier-based Strike Aircraft Proposal
43
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas / Hawker Siddeley AV-16 Advanced Harrier
National Flag Graphic
1973
McDonnell Douglas / Hawker Siddeley AV-16 Advanced Harrier
STOVL Fighter-Bomber / Attack Aircraft Proposal
44
Picture of the Mitsubishi G4M (Betty)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Mitsubishi G4M (Betty)
Navy Land-Based Medium Bomber Aircraft
45
Picture of the North American A-5 Vigilante
National Flag Graphic
1961
North American A-5 Vigilante
Nuclear Attack Bomber / Reconnaissance Platform
46
Picture of the North American AJ (A-2) Savage
National Flag Graphic
1950
North American AJ (A-2) Savage
Naval Medium Bomber Aircraft
47
Picture of the North American B-25 Mitchell
National Flag Graphic
1941
North American B-25 Mitchell
Twin-Engine Medium Bomber Aircraft
48
Picture of the North American B-45 Tornado
National Flag Graphic
1948
North American B-45 Tornado
Jet-Powered Bomber Aircraft
49
Picture of the North American P-64 (NA-50/NA-68)
National Flag Graphic
1940
North American P-64 (NA-50/NA-68)
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter / Trainer
50
Picture of the North American T-28 Trojan
National Flag Graphic
1949
North American T-28 Trojan
Two-Seat Basic Trainer Aircraft
51
Picture of the North American XB-70 Valkyrie
National Flag Graphic
1964
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Prototype Supersonic Strategic Bomber
52
Picture of the Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
National Flag Graphic
1946
Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
Flying Wing Strategic Bomber Prototype
53
Picture of the Northrop YB-49
National Flag Graphic
1947
Northrop YB-49
Flying Wing Bomber Prototype
54
Picture of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer
National Flag Graphic
1986
Rockwell B-1 Lancer
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
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