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

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    2. Lancaster:
      Bombs: Maximum normal bomb load of 14,000 lb (6,300kg) or 22,000 lb Grand Slam with modifications to bomb bay.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Lancaster
      B-17:
      Bombs:
      * 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)
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-17_Flying_Fortress
      Atk

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      • Ops: And four wonderful R&R Merlin! 😉

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      • 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 🙂

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        • 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.

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        • 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.”
          (Wiki)
          Is a matter of industrial capacity, not quality of the aircraft.
          But all they was good planes!
          Atk

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

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