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Heavy Bomber Aircraft

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.

Heavy Bomber Aircraft

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.

OVERVIEW



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 83 Heavy Bomber Aircraft 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.






#1
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Twin-Engine Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#2
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Avro 529
Avro 529
Long Range Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft
#3
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Avro Lancaster
Avro Lancaster
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber / Reconnaissance Aircraft
#4
1945
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Picture of the Avro Lincoln
Avro Lincoln
Four-Engined Long-Range Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#5
1940
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Picture of the Avro Manchester
Avro Manchester
Twin-Engine Heavy Bomber Aircraft
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#6
1946
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv P.188
Blohm and Voss Bv P.188
Jet-Powered Heavy Bomber Proposal
#7
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1
BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1
Jet-Powered Heavy Bomber Concept
#8
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#9
1943
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Picture of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Strategic Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#10
1951
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet
Boeing B-47 Stratojet
Strategic Medium / Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#11
1948
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing B-50 Superfortress
Boeing B-50 Superfortress
Heavy Bomber / Long-Range Reconnaissance Platform
#12
1955
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
High-Altitude, Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
#13
1947
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing B-54 (Ultrafortress)
Boeing B-54 (Ultrafortress)
Four-Engine, High-Altitude, Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
#14
1937
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)
Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)
Long Range Heavy Bomber Prototype
#15
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Boeing XB-38 Flying Fortress
Boeing XB-38 Flying Fortress
Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft Prototype
#16
1944
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Picture of the Boeing XB-39 (Spirit of Lincoln)
Boeing XB-39 (Spirit of Lincoln)
Heavy Strategic Bomber Prototype Aircraft
#17
1938
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Picture of the Boeing Y1B-20
Boeing Y1B-20
Experimental Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#18
1939
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Bristol Type 159 (Beaubomber)
Bristol Type 159 (Beaubomber)
Four-Engine Heavy Bomber Aircraft Proposal
#19
1915
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Caproni Ca.1
Caproni Ca.1
Heavy Biplane Day-Bomber Aircraft
#20
1917
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Caproni Ca.3
Caproni Ca.3
Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft
#21
1918
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Caproni Ca.4
Caproni Ca.4
Triple-Engine Heavy Bomber Triplane Aircraft
#22
1915
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Picture of the Caudron G.4
Caudron G.4
Heavy Bomber Biplane Aircraft
#23
1941
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Picture of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
Four-Engined Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#24
1945
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Picture of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator
Consolidated B-32 Dominator
Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#25
1949
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Picture of the CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#26
1963
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Picture of the Dassault Mirage IV
Dassault Mirage IV
Supersonic Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#27
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Dornier Do 217
Dornier Do 217
Multirole Medium Bomber
#28
1944
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Picture of the Douglas Model 423
Douglas Model 423
Heavy Bomber Design Proposal
#29
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
Experimental Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#30
1944
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Picture of the Douglas XB-31 (Raidmaster) (Model 332)
Douglas XB-31 (Raidmaster) (Model 332)
Super-Heavy Bomber Aircraft Design Proposal
#31
1936
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Fairey Hendon
Fairey Hendon
Heavy Night-Bomber
#32
1932
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Farman F.211
Farman F.211
Day-Night Four-Engined Heavy Bomber Prototype
#33
1935
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Picture of the Farman F.220 (Series)
Farman F.220 (Series)
Four-Engined Heavy Day-Night Bomber
#34
1945
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Picture of the Focke-Wulf Ta 400 (Amerika Bomber)
Focke-Wulf Ta 400 (Amerika Bomber)
Long Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
#35
1916
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Gotha G.IV
Gotha G.IV
Strategic Twin-Engine Heavy Bomber Biplane
#36
1917
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Picture of the Gotha G.V
Gotha G.V
Twin-Engine Heavy Bomber Biplane
#37
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Handley Page Halifax
Handley Page Halifax
Heavy Bomber / Night Bomber Aircraft
#38
1934
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Picture of the Handley Page Heyford
Handley Page Heyford
Heavy Night-Bomber / Crew Trainer
#39
1942
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Picture of the Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)
Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)
Four-Engine Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#40
1943
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Picture of the Heinkel He 277 (Amerika Bomber)
Heinkel He 277 (Amerika Bomber)
Four-Engine Heavy Bomber Aircraft Project
#41
1927
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops
Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops
Heavy Bomber Prototype
#42
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Junkers Ju 287
Junkers Ju 287
Jet-Powered Heavy Bomber Prototype
#43
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Junkers Ju 290
Junkers Ju 290
Transport / Heavy Bomber / Maritime Patrol Aircraft
#44
1943
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Picture of the Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
Long-Range Heavy Bomber / Transport Aircraft Prototype
#45
1944
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Picture of the Junkers Ju 488
Junkers Ju 488
Heavy Strategic Bomber Prototype Aircraft
#46
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)
Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)
Jet-Powered Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
#47
1933
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Picture of the Kalinin K-7
Kalinin K-7
Heavy Bomber / Passenger Airliner
#48
1945
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Picture of the Kawasaki Ki-91
Kawasaki Ki-91
Heavy Bomber Aircraft Proposal
#49
1920
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Picture of the Martin MB-2 / NBS-1
Martin MB-2 / NBS-1
Night Bomber Aircraft
#50
1935
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Martin XB-16 (Model 145)
Martin XB-16 (Model 145)
Long-Range, High-Altitude Heavy Bomber Prototype
#51
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Martin XB-33 Super Marauder
Martin XB-33 Super Marauder
Proposed High-Altitude Medium / Heavy Bomber
#52
1932
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Picture of the Mitsubishi Ki-20 (Army Type 92)
Mitsubishi Ki-20 (Army Type 92)
Four-Engined Long-Range Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#53
1955
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
Myasishchev M-4 / 3M (Bison)
Strategic Heavy Bomber
#54
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Nakajima G10N Fugaku (Mount Fuji)
Nakajima G10N Fugaku (Mount Fuji)
Very-Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
#55
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Nakajima G8N Renzan (Rita)
Nakajima G8N Renzan (Rita)
Heavy Bomber
#56
1964
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the North American XB-70 Valkyrie
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
Prototype Supersonic Strategic Bomber
#57
1997
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Strategic Heavy Bomber / Stealth Bomber
#58
2032
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Picture of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider (LRS-B)
Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider (LRS-B)
Long Range Strike - Bomber / Stealth Heavy Bomber
#59
1940
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)
Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#60
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Piaggio P.108
Piaggio P.108
Four-Engine Heavy Bomber
#61
1986
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Rockwell B-1 Lancer
Rockwell B-1 Lancer
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#62
1915
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Rumpler G (Series)
Rumpler G (Series)
Biplane Bomber Aircraft
#63
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Short Stirling
Short Stirling
Four-Engine Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#64
1919
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII
Heavy Bomber Biplane Aircraft
#65
1913
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Picture of the Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)
Sikorsky Ilya Mourometz (Series)
Heavy Bomber / Reconnassaince Aircraft
#66
1972
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Picture of the Sukhoi T-4 (Sotka)
Sukhoi T-4 (Sotka)
Prototype Supersonic Strategic Bomber / High-Speed Reconnaissance Aircraft
#67
1937
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Picture of the Supermarine B.12/36 (Type 316)
Supermarine B.12/36 (Type 316)
Heavy Bomber Prototype
#68
2025
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Picture of the Tupolev PAK DA
Tupolev PAK DA
5th Generation Strategic Stealth Bomber
#69
1929
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Picture of the Tupolev TB-1 (ANT-4)
Tupolev TB-1 (ANT-4)
Twin-Engine Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#70
1932
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev TB-3
Tupolev TB-3
Four-Engine Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#71
1972
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Picture of the Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
Long-Range Anti-Submarine Warfare Bomber
#72
1954
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Picture of the Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger)
Reconnaissance / Electronic Warfare / Heavy Bomber
#73
1989
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)
Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack)
Strategic Long-Range Heavy Supersonic Bomber Aircraft
#74
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-4 (Bull)
Tupolev Tu-4 (Bull)
Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#75
1949
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-80
Tupolev Tu-80
Heavy Bomber Prototype Aircraft
#76
1951
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-85
Tupolev Tu-85
Heavy Bomber Prototype Aircraft
#77
1956
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
Strategic Reconnaissance / Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#78
1956
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-98 (Backfin)
Tupolev Tu-98 (Backfin)
Swept-Wing, Supersonic Strategic Bomber Prototype Aircraft
#79
1919
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Vickers Vimy
Vickers Vimy
Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft
#80
1939
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Picture of the Vickers Warwick
Vickers Warwick
Multirole Heavy Bomber Aircraft
#81
1943
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Picture of the Vickers Windsor
Vickers Windsor
Heavy Bomber Prototype
#82
2025
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Xian H-20
Xian H-20
Subsonic Strategic Stealth Bomber Project
#83
1917
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Picture of the Zeppelin-Staaken R-series
Zeppelin-Staaken R-series
Heavy Bomber Aircraft