View Poll Results: Which is your pick for best Cold War strategic bomber?

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  • Avro Vulcan

    1 5.26%
  • Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

    13 68.42%
  • Boeing B-47 Stratojet

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  • Convair B-58 Hustler

    1 5.26%
  • Convair B-36 Peacemaker

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  • Handley-Page Victor

    2 10.53%
  • Tupolev Tu-95 "Bear"

    1 5.26%
  • Tupolev Tu-16 "Badger"

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Thread: Poll: Best strategic bomber of Cold War (1950-1970)?

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    Poll: Best strategic bomber of Cold War (1950-1970)?

    Which bomber would you want on your side most at the height of the Cold War?



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    You've got a problem, you start your period of coverage too early.
    Only one of those aircraft was operational in 1950, the B-36. The rest you'd have to wait till 56 or so until they became operational, some hadn't even had their first flights till several years after 1950.

    If the period was 1956-, i'd be a no brainer to me, the B-52.

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    I should've specified that as "in service from '50-'70 at any given point" if that makes any sense. Not that they were operational by '50. Same with the interceptor poll.

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    Same as the figher question. The Cold War went on longer than 1970...


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    Yes I know, but once we get into mid-70s and 80's we're talking hardware that is largely still being used today. I wanted to see how 50's and 60's designs are evaluated by the folks around here.

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    The Tu-95 and B-52 both had their first flights in 1952, both became operational in 56, and both are still operational today, with maybe plans to stay operational for ANOTHER 20 years.

    So i'd guess it'd come down to a choice between those two, afterall they have stood the test of time.
    I'd pick the Buff, the B-52.

    Just think of that, a weapon system staying in use 80 years.
    How long did some of the great fighting sailing ships of the 18th and 19th century stay in use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrodtom View Post
    Just think of that, a weapon system staying in use 80 years.
    The longbow......ruled the battlefield for over 200 years

    Seriously I'd go with the B-52 as well,though I do love the Vulcan.

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    Were it available the Valiant B.2. Why (and how) on earth did a bankrupt Britain fund 4 different strategic bombers. By the way, in the cold war period, the Vulcan was an awesome very high altitude fighter were it so armed. At extreme height I have been reliably told of one out maneuvering an F14 with ease.

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    Just think of the 1911 Colt autopistol, designed over 100 years ago, and the USMC just signed a contract for MORE.

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    B-52 the best, Vulcan, B-58 and Tu-95 the coolest.
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    Backfire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starling View Post
    Backfire.
    Wasn't in service until 1972.

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    These types of threads make me nuts. Can you choose a 1970s bomber for operation in 1950? And if you choose an early bomber, say B-36, are you stuck with it until the '70s?

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    Madsen Machinegun. In service 1902 until ??

    The Madsen machinegun is probably still in service somewhere, 110 years after it was introduced. 9 years longer then M1911 pistol.

    2009 photo of Madsen machinegun in service with Brazilian police.
    The Madsen machine gun, not quite dead yet
    -madsen1-jpg

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    Wow that's crazy. I'm sure Brazil has the means to replace it with something in house or imported that is modern and vastly simpler* by now but it's still kicking. Amazing for a gun that pretty much disappeared from continental Europe after WWII.

    *The Madsen is actually an extensively modified Peabody-Martin lever action. I've seen a gif of it and still don't know how it works so well, let alone works at all.


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