By Mark Lorell, Alison Saunders, Hugh P. Levaux
This document assesses the main developments within the heritage of jet bomber layout and improvement within the usa in view that global struggle II to judge the position of past bomber and comparable study and devel¬opment (RD) event between best contractors. It builds on past RAND learn stated in Drezner et al. (1992). A later record will contain an analogous survey of fighter plane layout and improvement. This examine is a part of a bigger examine meant to supply a conceptual framework to research the way forward for Air strength industrial-base RD actions. it really is intended to counterpoint one other venture record being ready through Michael Kennedy, Susan Resetar, and Nicole DeHoratius that addresses the bigger study attempt by way of featuring a conceptual framework and initial obser¬vations for assessing army aerospace layout and improvement potential. a few of the study and research during this file additionally seems in a RAND record being ready by means of John Birkler et al., in order to be a initial research of industrial-base concerns and implications for destiny bomber layout and construction.
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Knaack, 1978, p. ) 4 Electric Boat and Canadair merged in 1952, forming General Dynamics. In 1954, General Dynamics acquired Convair. However, the main Fort Worth facility was still routinely referred to as Convair until the early 1960s. 38 Bomber R&D Since 1945: The Role of Experience The Secretary of Defense's decision caused a huge political scandal. Since General Dynamics was based in Ft. Worth-in the home state of Vice President Johnson-and was in serious financial trouble because of the major cutback in the B-58 program that had been decided on in December 1960, many observers felt the General Dynamics design had been selected over a superior Boeing design merely to save the Ft.
8 As early as October 1946, the Air Corps had launched its first major investigation of design approaches for a supersonic bomber, called the first Generalized Bomber Study, or GEBO I (Miller, 1985, p. 17). S. Air Force tactical attack bomber. A month later, Martin received a contract to modify and produce the British aircraft as the B-57. In June 1952, the Air Force ordered procurement as a medium tactical bomber of a slightly modified version of the Navy A3D Skywarrior nuclear bomber developed by Douglas.
A key to understanding this change in leadership was the more extensive firm-specific capabilities and expertise that North American and Convair had developed in very-high-speed supersonic flight. With the continuing Air Force emphasis on speed and ceiling, this firmspecific expertise gave North American and Convair a considerable edge against Boeing in the bomber competitions of the 1950s. These points are elaborated upon below. S. bomber industrial base. S. heavy bombers during World War II. 3 Derived in part from extensive company-funded studies based on the XB-15 and B-17, Boeing's B-29 design beat out rival proposals from Consolidated, Lockheed, and Douglas in mid-1940.
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