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Encyclopedia > Strategic bombers

A strategic bomber is a large bomber designed to drop massive amounts of ordinance on a single target, generally in carpet bombing style. Strategic bombers of note include the Avro Lancaster, B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, the B-29 Superfortress, the B-52 Stratofortress, the A3D Skywarrior and the Myasishchev M-4.


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Bomber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1115 words)
Strategic bombers are primarily designed for long-range strike missions against strategic targets such as supply bases, bridges, factories, and shipyards in order to damage an enemy's war effort.
The development of large strategic bombers stagnated in the later part of the Cold War because of spiraling costs and the advent of the intercontinental ballistic missile, which was felt to have equal deterrent value while being much more difficult to intercept.
Perhaps the one meaningful distinction at present is the question of range: a bomber is generally a long-range aircraft capable of striking targets deep within enemy territory, whereas fighter bombers and attack aircraft are limited to 'theater' missions in and around the immediate area of battlefield combat.
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