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13 Oct 2018 3:55 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Feb 2018 5:03 p.m. PST

Which military aircraft was the best-looking, dedicated bomber? (Fighter-bombers do not count.)

Tommy2012 Feb 2018 5:11 p.m. PST


Personal logo TheWhiteDog Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 5:12 p.m. PST

Any era? I was always partial to the Handley-Page Victor.

If we're talking WW2 or prior, it's a toss-up for me between the B-24 and the B-10.

Striker12 Feb 2018 5:14 p.m. PST


Garand12 Feb 2018 5:19 p.m. PST

Personally always partial to the B-25 or the A-20.

For modern stuff the Bone.


evbates12 Feb 2018 5:19 p.m. PST


Skeets Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 5:29 p.m. PST

Always favored the B-25 as my father flew in them in the SW Pacific in WW2.

Frankss Inactive Member12 Feb 2018 5:32 p.m. PST


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 5:34 p.m. PST

Caproni Ca3

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 5:41 p.m. PST


Coelacanth12 Feb 2018 5:43 p.m. PST


The Douglas SBD Dauntless.


BadMoon Inactive Member12 Feb 2018 5:45 p.m. PST


Coelacanth12 Feb 2018 5:53 p.m. PST


Also, the BAC TSR-2.


FABET0112 Feb 2018 6:02 p.m. PST

B-58 Hustler or B-70 Valkyrie.

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 6:10 p.m. PST

ditto on the Dauntless
Helldiver a close 2nd
JU 88 3rd

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 6:19 p.m. PST


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 6:27 p.m. PST

Gotta be the B-17 for me as that was the bomber in which my dad flew (top turret gunner/flight engineer) in WW2.


Allen5712 Feb 2018 6:28 p.m. PST

B 29

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member12 Feb 2018 6:37 p.m. PST

Love the B-17

Generalstoner4912 Feb 2018 6:53 p.m. PST

B-24 Liberator.

PzGeneral12 Feb 2018 7:05 p.m. PST

B-17. It looks like a no-nonsence war machine.

sneakgun12 Feb 2018 7:15 p.m. PST

WWI Gotha Bomber

Rich Bliss12 Feb 2018 7:15 p.m. PST

Modern: B-58
WWII: B-25.

Desert Rat12 Feb 2018 7:21 p.m. PST

The de Havilland Mosquito and the Martin B-26 Marauder both have very graceful lines.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 7:26 p.m. PST

B24 and B52

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 7:38 p.m. PST

Best looking? I'd go with the 'so-ugly-it-is-beautiful' the French Voisin.

The Vickers company created one of those engine in the nose jobs, the Wellesley, I rather like that.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 8:02 p.m. PST

This is easy. It is the B-47 hands down. If you don't believe me just ask the girl from Ipanem.

YouTube link

Boeing B-47 Stratojet: Most Beautiful Bomber Ever.

(Drop the mic.)

Uparmored12 Feb 2018 11:52 p.m. PST

B1 Lancer

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 1:28 a.m. PST

The Short Sterling has a certain "Je ne sais quoi"


John Armatys13 Feb 2018 1:31 a.m. PST

Another vote for the Vulcan.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 1:41 a.m. PST

WW1 Handley Page Type O

WW2 Lancaster with honorable mention to the B24

Post WW2 Vulcan with honorable mention to the B52

Overall, I'd probably go with the Handley Page…

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 2:15 a.m. PST

B2 and B52

It's only a trainer bomber if it can't drop nukes!

warwell13 Feb 2018 2:29 a.m. PST

B-57 (Canberra)

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 3:20 a.m. PST

B-24 (I'm a little prejudiced since I live near the site of the Willow Run plant in Michigan that built over 6K of every 58 minutes)

Vigilant13 Feb 2018 3:32 a.m. PST

My dad flew in Lancasters and Halifaxes during and after WW2, so I am biased towards them. He always thought that the B17 and Mosquito were the best looking aircraft of his era.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 4:07 a.m. PST

B-52, with the B-47 for first runner-up. But my heart's with the Canberra. I spent years in one of the last units, and it was a great unit.

redbanner414513 Feb 2018 5:17 a.m. PST


KSmyth13 Feb 2018 5:58 a.m. PST

XB-70 Valkyrie or if looking for a non-prototype, the B-1. Both have beautiful lines.

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 6:19 a.m. PST

For me:
1). Mosquito
2). B-26
3). B-58
4). TU-95

dwight shrute13 Feb 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Vulcan or Tu 160

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 7:23 a.m. PST

Too many to list – Tu-160/Tu-22M are pretty airplanes
in high-speed configuration.

The Tu-4 (never built beyond prototype) also a good-
looking aircraft, for all that it resembles the Valkyrie.

For older aircraft, can't beat the SBD for tactical while
in my mind the Lancaster and B-17 tie for first in the
strat bomber division…

28mm Fanatik13 Feb 2018 7:44 a.m. PST

There are strategic bombers and tactical bombers, both dedicated to its specific role.

Best looking strategic bomber: B-1 Lancer
Best looking tactical bomber: FB-111 Aardvark

Scott MacPhee13 Feb 2018 7:46 a.m. PST

The B-24 looks like it means business.



Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 8:35 a.m. PST

I reject the premise of the question. I can't find a way in my mind to compare my visual appreciation of the B-17 and B-29, much less to compare these with the B-70 and the B1-B.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned B-2, I would have put that in the running.

Anyone who says B-52 is confusing form and function. I can't think of any visual virtue it has, other than it's unique arrangement being inextricably linked to getting difficult jobs done perfectly and reliably for generations. That thing is a monster.

skedaddle Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 9:01 a.m. PST

He 111 Love the all glass nose.

GGouveia13 Feb 2018 9:27 a.m. PST


21eRegt13 Feb 2018 9:55 a.m. PST

Mitchel B-25 all the way.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 10:09 a.m. PST

Amiot 354


Sailor Steve13 Feb 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

I like a lot of different planes for a lot of different reasons. That said, for absolute best looking I've always loved the lines of the Vulcan.

BuckeyeBob13 Feb 2018 1:21 p.m. PST

B-36…Props and jets combined on a huge wing.

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