Science: Bombers

Intercontinental bombers will have to fly fast and high, as well as far, if their crews are to get home again. The best the U.S. has at present is the B-36, but at least three more super-bombers are in the development stage.

A super-bomber, says the Air Force, must have a combat radius of 5,000 miles with a bombload of 10,000 lbs., should be able to hit 500 m.p.h. at 55,000 ft. It must carry guns and, perhaps, air-to-air guided missiles, too. But its principal defenses will be altitude and speed. Interceptors are faster...

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