Aircraft, Bomber

Bombers are aircraft designed to attack land and/or sea targets by dropping gravity bombs or by launching air-to-ground missiles. Few military innovations have influenced the character of modern warfare as much as the bomber. Bomber aircraft have played a highly significant role in beginning, waging, winning, and preventing modern wars since their introduction in the earliest days of powered flight, and they continue to affect nearly every level of human conflict today. This entry discusses the history of bomber aircraft and early bomber advocates and the roles and strategic uses of bombers by the U.S. military from the early 20th century to the present.

Early Development

While the actual development of bomber aircraft occurred through a gradual process of experimentation, the idea of the bomber far predated ...

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