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Range vs bomb load

Discussion in 'Aircraft' started by Ricky, Sep 3, 2023.

  1. Ricky

    Ricky Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by discussions in the 'best of the best' topic.
    When discussing bombers, stats regarding range and bombload are often used to claim superiority, but there is an obvious point that a higher bombload will result in reduced range and vice versa.

    For example, according to wiki the B-17 would carry 8,000lb up to 400 miles, and 4,500lb up to 800 miles
    (I can't guarentee those figures!)

    However, actual information on range / bombload is frustratingly hard to come by. I'd love to just see a little graph for each aircraft!

    If anybody has any verified info on this, please step forward!
     
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    While looking I found this for the Lanc - clearly shows the trio of fuel / bombload / range

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    Same formula as with warships: Defence (endurance) + Speed + Offense = 1. With bombers it would be Defence (including crew endurance) + flight characteristics (speed, range, agility) + bomb load (or Offense if fighter) = 1.
     

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