posted on Mar, 30 2013 @ 09:46 PM
reply to post by _Del_
The B-52 could hit a whole slew of targets at once, not many other airframes can do that. I wouldn't say to do the immelman as in typical
toss-bombing (it was proven not to be any good for the B-47 either), but a high banked turn to limit G loads. (Not lofting the bombs upwards as much
as throwing them sideways. The idea is a bit different than providing more range as in the original concept of toss bombing, more of mo' dakka in one
go and spreading out the drop so it fans out. Pull a turn as fast as you'd be willing to turn around to get the heck back to where you came from as
everything is let go.) The point is to have a flying platform that can arrive on short notice with the hitting power of an artillery battery in terms
of an area of effect. Also multiple inbounds might give someone the clue that something is up. A lone bomber capable of hitting over 50 targets spread
out over a couple miles with 500lb bombs in one single manuever might have its uses, if it can do so without overstressing the airframe.
Maybe the B-1 or B-2 could do it, but B-52 seems more likely able to drop it's whole load at once considering the configuration of bays and wing
mounts. Something that would have a very high impact on a target-rich environment, but where things are spread out in a way that would limit
usefulness of a carpet bomb style run typically used by a heavy bomber.
More or less it's wondering if an alternate manuever in performing a strike may take better advantage of guidance attached to the ordinance. And
yeah, it's thinking out of the box in terms of using the aircraft in a way that few would expect.