South American Military Channel channel continues to publish ratings of the effective tools, which was invented by a man in the XX century. Channel previously published the rating of the best small guns and tanks of the best of the last century.
Now the American and British military professionals were asked to rate bombers. Qualification awarded in such aspects as «load», «agility», «speed» and otherwise. With all this stipulates that each plane compared with others, and evaluated based on the technical requirements of their own time.
1. Boeing B-52 — «Stratofortress»
The highest rate — above a thousand km / h, range without refueling — 12800 km, capacity — three and a half tons. This Yankees — apparently the most lethal bomber in the world. This «fortress» can also be transferred nuclear weapon, cruise missiles and bombs point. Aircraft played a significant role during the Cool War, the Americans and used it to attack Vietnam. During the recent fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, it is also very well hit the enemy target. Despite the fact that it is built on technology 50s, B-52, it may be to serve my country even 40 years.
2. Nothrup — «Stealth»
Product the most advanced technologies. Coated with a special compound and hidden paint, it is virtually invisible to radar. B-2 in most cases confused with UFOs. Based in the U.S., but, taking into account the possibility of refueling, can hit any target in at least some part of the world. Its price is also unique — each plane is estimated at 2.2 billion dollars.
3. Boeing B-29 — «Super Fortress» («Flying Superfortress»)
«Hero» Second World War. He is best known as a member of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Range of the bombers without refueling — 5600 km. The highest speed — 570 km / h It could also deliver large loads and was armed with 12 guns. For their own time, the plane was very «advanced». An example of this can be a special aerodynamic fuselage and cockpit — impenetrable to bullets.
4. De Havilland Mosquito — «Mosquito»
Dubbed the «miracle tree», a twin-engine bomber «Mosquito» was a versatile aircraft used during the second world war. He was, perhaps, also the most high-spirited — though what could outrun the enemy, as it was not the heavy protection. Payload model — a bit less tons (later upgraded to a 2-ton). Thanks woody body, the plane was virtually invisible to radar. By the end of the second World War in the world were about forty different versions of this unusual aircraft.
5. Avro Lancaster — «Lancaster»
The most recognizable heavy bomber England since the 2nd World War. Its load capacity is significant — 10 tons. «Lancaster» stormed the German town, participated in various special operations aircraft and was the beloved British commanders. But for the success of the bombers had to pay the lives of many crew members who were killed during the war.
6. Boeing B-47 — «Stratojet»
When in 1947, B-47 first flew in the air, were pleased with the project only a few people from Boeing and the U.S. Air Force. To create the wings of the aircraft used extraordinary technology borrowed from the Nazis. In addition, the plane was a strange three-wheeled chassis, looking at that, many military decided that life is limited experimental aircraft flying.
But by mid-1948 it became clear that the plane is far superior to his contemporaries. He set one record high after another, and within a couple of years was the main fighting force of the Strategic Air Command. Then these aircraft built over 2-thousand. B-47 served as a deterrent against nuclear attack in the beginning of the first years of the Cool War.
7. Tu-95 — «Atomic Bear»
This large Russian bomber, nicknamed «Bear» has been designed to deliver four atomic bombs on the South American mainland. He was featured in 1955 in Moscow at the airshow. South American designers immediately realized that our homeland behind in building bombers. Yet, «The Bear» was the highest achievement in the Russian military aviation, but still had significant power and for three decades has been the main threat to the West.
8. Junkers Ju-88
Many experts have noted that this is an important German bomber since the 2nd World War. It was used on the front lines of all without exception. Universal assembly has allowed to connect to the bombers huge number of functions. He was heavier than some of its citizens, but in spite of this, was the most spirited in the Nazi army. Armed with seven guns, the aircraft was a real threat to the enemy.
9. Handley Page 0/100
By the beginning of World War I aircraft construction just turned 10 years old, but technology has evolved distraught pace. First heavy bomber England, HP 0/100 was used in the defense of London from the Germans in the «Battle of Britain». Equipped with 2 engines from the factory Rolls Royce, bomber cope with its own task with extraordinary ease.
10. Boeing B-17 — «Flying Fortress» («Flying Fortress»)
In 1937, Boeing has built the airline first South American all-metal heavy bomber with 4 engines, which immediately became a legend. Armed with machine guns 13th, B-17 undermined the Nazi war machine, attacking the most hardened targets in occupied Europe. Bringing unprecedented loss, the young South American pilots made these aircraft to 1,000 sorties a day.