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 file assesses the foremost tendencies within the heritage of jet bomber layout and improvement within the usa due to the fact global battle II to guage the function of past bomber and comparable learn and devel¬opment (RD) adventure between best contractors. It builds on past RAND study stated in Drezner et al. (1992). A later document will comprise the same survey of fighter plane layout and improvement. This examine is a part of a bigger research meant to supply a conceptual framework to research the way forward for Air strength industrial-base RD actions. it really is intended to counterpoint one other venture rfile being ready through Michael Kennedy, Susan Resetar, and Nicole DeHoratius that addresses the bigger study attempt via providing a conceptual framework and initial obser¬vations for assessing army aerospace layout and improvement strength. a few of the study and research during this document additionally seems to be in a RAND record being ready by means of John Birkler et al., with a view to be a initial research of industrial-base concerns and implications for destiny bomber layout and construction.

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For its part, Boeing had been conducting supersonic medium bomber studies as part of the XB-55 study program starting in late 1947. Convair and Boeing soon emerged as the leading contenders and, by late 1950, were the only serious competitors. Martin and Douglas submitted proposals in 1951, which were rapidly rejected. Apparently fully involved in its fighter development programs, North American did not even bother to submit a design proposal. (Miller, 1985, pp. ) In early 1951, Convair and Boeing received follow-on study contracts for continued refinement of their proposals, including extensive wind-tunnel testing.

8 For an in-depth discussion of the development of these fighters, see Johnson 11960). The 1940s and 1950s: Ever Faster and Higher 19 field of bomber development--Boeing, Convair, and North American-became locked in an intense competition for development of the next-generation supersonic medium and heavy strategic bombers. Despite its dramatic successes with the B-47 and B-52 programs, Boeing eventually found itself at a distinct disadvantage. Boeing showed great strengths in large subsonic jet bombers, military transports, and commercial jet aircraft.

The 1960s and 1970s: The Strategic Bomber Under Attack 37 was intended to increase survivability. A year and a half later, the planned buy of B-58As was slashed substantially. In 1965, only a few years after initial operational capability, Secretary McNamara directed phaseout of the entire B-58 force by 1970. (Knaack, 1988, pp. ) With advanced strategic bombers coming under increasing attack in the late 1950s and several fighter programs canceled, many contractors looked ahead hopefully to new programs for a future Air Force tactical fighter bomber, a Navy fleet interceptor, and a close-airsupport (CAS) aircraft.

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