Lancaster over Hamburg

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Could carry a bomb that weighed about 10000kg
B17 would carry 1/3 of that

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    7 Responses to Lancaster over Hamburg

    1. dunno… b17 perhaps was more sturdy, and required less fuel… why has the allies chosen b17 if not so?


    2. Lancaster:
      Bombs: Maximum normal bomb load of 14,000 lb (6,300kg) or 22,000 lb Grand Slam with modifications to bomb bay.
      * Short range missions (<400 mi): 8,000 lb (3,600 kg)
      * Long range missions (?800 mi): 4,500 lb (2,000 kg)
      * Overload : 17,600 lb (7,800 kg)


      • Ops: And four wonderful R&R Merlin! πŸ˜‰


      • ok, lancaster has bigger payload, but i was wondering: b17 -> 12000+ built, lancaster -> 7000+ built

        That must have something to do with economy of scale, less metal used, maybe better maneuverability or easier repairs…

        Atk, please illuminate us!

        Or, at least, post some dickgirls πŸ™‚


        • The Lancaster was more suited for night-time bombing, requiring more bomb space but less crew space, to combine with the advantages of not being seen by the enemy fighters.

          The Flying Fortress was just that — a fortress going through the air. It had more armor, more crew members, and more machine guns, generally 13 .50-caliber M2’s compared to the 8 .303-caliber machine guns on the Lancaster.


        • Lancaster: 7,377
          B-17: 12,731
          B-24: 18,482 “It was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft of World War II, and still holds the record as the most-produced American military or naval aircraft.”
          Is a matter of industrial capacity, not quality of the aircraft.
          But all they was good planes!


    3. Ha. I live in the town of Lancaster, which is North of Hamburg.


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