Below is a list of the largest
Bomber Aircraft by Length, Wingspan and
Tu-160, length 177 ft, wingspan
189 ft, 1,380 mph, bomb load 49
The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic,
heavy Bomber of the Soviet Union that
entering service in 1987. This is the
largest variable wing, and the largest
jet powered combat Aircraft so far.
Although a few Civil and Military
transport aircraft are larger, the
Tu-160 has more thrust than any other
Military Aircraft, and can carry one of
the largest payloads.
The Tu-160 also has the highest top
speed of any Bomber to enter service so
far at 1,380 mph, a speed only a few
top Aircraft Fighters can acheive, or
Valkyrie, length 185 ft,
wingspan 105 ft, 2,056 mph, bomb load
Although this fast Bomber never made it
into service, the thought of its
existence led to the Soviets building
exceptionally fast Fighters such as the
MiG-25 Foxbat capable
of matching its performance.
North American Aviation's B-70
Valkyrie was designed to carry Nuclear
Weapons, had six engines, and was able
to fly Mach 3 at high altitudes.
The escalating cost of the Aircraft,
along with the Soviets designing new
high altitude anti-aircraft missiles,
led to the cancellation of this bomber
program in 1961, although the first
Aircraft was used for other military
On the 4th of February 1969,
Valkyrie number one was taken out of
service and flown to the National
Museum of the United States Air Force
at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near
The British Concorde and Russian
Tupolev Tu-144, supersonic Passenger
Jets, entered service in 1975, with a
similar design and around the same
size, capable of Mach 2.
B-36, length 162 ft, wingspan
230 ft, 230 mph, load 36 tons.
The Convair B-36 "Peacemaker" was a
strategic Bomber built by Convair for
the United States Air Force from 1949
to 1959. The B-36 was the largest mass
produced piston engine Aircraft ever
made. It had the longest wingspan of
any combat Aircraft ever built,
although there have been larger
The B-36 was the first Bomber
capable of carrying Nuclear Weapons
inside the bomb bay, without
Tu-95, length 162 ft, wingspan
167 ft, 575 mph, load 17 tons.
The Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear) is a large,
four-engine turboprop strategic Soviet
Union Bomber that entered service in
1956. It is expected to remain in the
Russian Air Force until at around
This Aircraft was the Russian
equivalent of the U.S. Convair B-36
"Peacemaker". Vast numbers of these
Aircraft were in the sky all the time
during the early years of the Cold War,
ready for the start of WW3.
Stratofortress, length 159 ft,
wingspan 185 ft, 650 mph, bomb load 35
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a
long-range, subsonic, Jet powered
strategic Bomber that entered service
for the United States Air Force in
The B-52 Stratofortress replaced the
Convair B-36 as the US strategic
Nuclear Bomber. Although used in a
number of wars, the Stratofortress has
so far, only dropped conventional
length 146 ft, wingspan 137 ft, 830
mph, bomb load 37 tons.
The Rockwell (now part of Boeing) B-1
Lancer is a strategic Bomber designed
for the United States Air Force in the
1960s, entering service in 1986.
The Aircraft is Supersonic with with
the range and payload of the B-52
Stratofortress, the Aircraft it was
intended to replace. The B1 was
designed for low level, long range
flights at supersonic speed.
The B-1 has so far been involved in
the Wars in Iraq, Kosovo, and
Tu-22M, length 139 ft, wingspan
112 ft, 1,520 mph, bomb load 23
The Tupolev Tu-22M (Backfire) is a
supersonic, swing wing, long-range
strategic and strike Bomber that
entered service for the Soviet Union in
1972. A large number are still used by
the Russian Air Force.
The Tu-22M was first used in
Afghanistan from 1987 to 1989, and in
Chechnya in 1995.
Victor, length 114 ft, wingspan
110 ft, 650 mph, bomb load 17 tons.
The Handley Page Victor was a British
Jet Bomber built by the Handley Page
Aircraft Company during the Cold War,
largest ever British Bomber.
This was the third and final of the
"V bombers" Britain's Nuclear
deterrent. The other two V-bombers were
Vulcan and the Vickers
After the Royal Navy acquired
Nuclear Powered Submarines with Polaris
Nuclear Missiles in 1969, many of these
Bombers were converted to aerial
refueling tankers. The last Victor was
retired from service on the 15th of
Tu-16, length 114 ft, wingspan
108 ft, 650 mph, bomb load 10 tons.
The Tupolev Tu-16 (Badger) was a
twin-engine Jet Bomber used by the
Soviet Union for over 50 years, it is
still in service with the Chinese Air
A total of 1,507 Aircraft were built
from 1954-1962. A civilian version, the
'Camel', was used a Passenger
Aircraft by Aeroflot until 1986.
The Tu-16 was also exported to
Egypt, Indonesia, and Iraq. It was used
by the Soviet Union and Russia until
Superfortress, length 99 ft,
wingspan 141 ft, 357 mph, bomb load 10
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a
four-engine propeller driven heavy
Bomber of the United States from May
1944, used in World War II, and the
Korean War, largest Bomber to see
action during WWII.
The B-29 remained in service
throughout the 1950s. After WWII, the
British Royal Air Force used the B-29
under the name the Washington, and the
Soviet Union built an copy as their
This was the main Aircraft in the
American firebombing campaign against
Japan in the final months of World War
II, and dropped the Atomic Aombs on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Fortress length 74 ft, wingspan
103 ft, 287 mph, bomb load 2 - 4
The B-17 Flying Fortress was the main
U.S. Bomber used for daylight Bombing
throughout World War II against
Germany. The B-17 dropped more Bombs
than any other U.S. aircraft in World
War II. The Flying Fortress was heavily
armoured and carried up to 13 machine
guns, this meaning their Bomb loads
were less than other aircraft of a
Of the 1.5 million metric tons of
Bombs dropped on Germany by U.S.
aircraft, 640,000 tons were from
There were 12,732 B-17 Flying
Fortress produced between 1935 and
1945, 4,735 were lost in combat, many
during daytime raids over Germany. They
were slightly larger than their British
equivalent, the Avro Lancaster.
Other WWII, U.S. bombers by size
Dominator and the B-24
Lancaster, length 69 ft,
wingspan 102 ft, 280 mph, bomb load 7
The Avro Lancaster was a British
four-engined, WWII heavy Bomber that
entered service in 1942, along with the
Page Halifax, were the main heavy
Bombers of the RAF, the RCAF, and other
Commonwealth and European
Although the Lancaster was normally
used as a Night Bomber, it was also
used for daylight Precision Bombing,
becoming famous as the "Dam Buster"
after the 1943 raids on Germany's Ruhr
This Aircraft dropped 608,612 tons
of Bombs in 156,000 sorties during
WWII, 3,249 were lost in action.
Only 35 Lancaster's completed more
than 100 operations. The longest
survivor completed 139 operations,
surviving the war only to be scrapped
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