Favorite Boeing bomber?

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Favorite Boeing bomber?

Post by dasboot » 28 Oct 2002 01:35

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I prefer the B-25 to all others. With a bomb load of 17,000 lb and its formidable defensive armament of 13 machine guns, it was the first strategic bomber used in combat by the US.
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Post by Caldric » 28 Oct 2002 02:43

I always had a soft spot for the B-24, tough power house of a bomber. The B-17 may have won all the popularity contest, but there were plenty of others in the hanger that were just as good.

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Post by Den Bosch Scherpschieter » 28 Oct 2002 02:46

I'm a B-17 man myself..

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Post by Victor » 28 Oct 2002 21:36

Well, only the B-17 and B-29 were Boeings. The B-24 was made by Consolidated and the B-25 by North American.

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Post by Caldric » 28 Oct 2002 21:57

Victor wrote:Well, only the B-17 and B-29 were Boeings. The B-24 was made by Consolidated and the B-25 by North American.
We got the idea of what he was saying though. :D

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Post by dasboot » 30 Oct 2002 02:07

I didn't know that only two were built by boeing. But is it true that all these bombers were designed by boeing?

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Post by Victor » 31 Oct 2002 20:09

dasboot wrote:I didn't know that only two were built by boeing. But is it true that all these bombers were designed by boeing?
B comes from bomber, not Boeing. The B-24 and B-25 were designed by the same companies that made them. North American also made another famous WWII aircraft: the P-51

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Post by Andy H » 03 Nov 2002 13:12

Victor wrote
Well, only the B-17 and B-29 were Boeings. The B-24 was made by Consolidated and the B-25 by North American.
Just to give them there full title it was the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, which was formed in March'43 by the merging of the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation and the Vultee Aircraft Inc.

From the list given my favourite has always been the B24, the most produced US aircraft of the war with some 18,000 being built.

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Post by IIJG26 » 03 Nov 2002 20:47

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I would have to go with the B-17 for the durability. My grandfather liked the B-24, as it was easier to shoot down.

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Post by Victor » 04 Nov 2002 21:07

Cheshire Yeomanry wrote:Victor wrote

Just to give them there full title it was the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, which was formed in March'43 by the merging of the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation and the Vultee Aircraft Inc.
Yeah, but the B-24 was already flying war missions in 1942, like Operation Halpro! :wink:

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 04 Nov 2002 21:51

The Mitchel is mean, but I go for the Superfortress.

I tried Chuck Yeagers Air Combat, going against 15 of them with a Fw. 190. They have some mean guns ;)

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Post by Ovidius » 05 Nov 2002 08:34

B-17. So sturdy that Germans had recovered some crash-landed planes, repaired them and made them airworthy again, under the designation Dornier Do-200 :D

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Post by Christian Ankerstjerne » 05 Nov 2002 15:44

Main problem with the B-25 would be, to me, that the pilot would have to aim the entire aircratf at the target, to use the guns...

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Post by Erich » 05 Nov 2002 16:38

The B-17 had a better higher altitude than the B-24 and could withstand more hits than the Liberator due to a thicker aluminum walled skin.
They were both easily flamed by 3cm Minen Geschoss

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Post by Caldric » 05 Nov 2002 17:59

The question did not ask which was the better bomber but which is your favorite.

The B24 is my favorite without a doubt. If we are going for the best be hard to beat the B29, high speed, high alt, long range, heavy bombload, and ugly as a baby goose.

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