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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2020, 03:09:55 am »
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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2020, 03:23:05 am »
Yes, yes the B-29 was the go-to aircraft for the mission. No one is disputing that. Believe it or not, I have indeed read around the subject and would humbly suggest that B-29 history lessons would be of greater value to others in a dedicated thread.

As to the question that is the subject of this thread? Given Britain's nothing less than prodigious aeronautical capabilities in 1944-45, it is my opinion (nothing more or less) that the Lancaster design could be pushed into it. I certainly wouldn't recommended it but it could be made to happen.

A vanilla Lanc? As wonderful a design as it is, no.

Now, if I may be permitted some more idle speculation as I once was in the days of yore, thoughts turn to developments of the Fairey Queen Bee for the role....

http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/484/The-Mother-of-All-Drones.aspx

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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2020, 04:15:07 am »

Now, if I may be permitted some more idle speculation as I once was in the days of yore, thoughts turn to developments of the Fairey Queen Bee for the role....

http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/484/The-Mother-of-All-Drones.aspx


About 20-30 of them 'twinned' together with the Bomb in a trapeze underneath?  ;) ;D
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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2020, 04:28:49 am »
^ For the official record, what I had in mind was more a development of the underlying technology of the Queen Bee rather than the actual airframe, which is biblically inadequate. Something like a radio-caster guiding in a bomb-caster - Aphrodite with more RF and (hopefully) less parachutes.

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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2020, 04:47:12 am »
So the Bombcaster would be expendable then?

Good thinking there.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2020, 04:54:34 am »
Well it might get a little plaque posthumously or something....

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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2020, 05:09:09 am »
This plaque is dedicated to little Lancaster SX922

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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2020, 10:40:32 am »
Funnily enough, this video has just gone up on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XX9ptCNpik

Apparently a secret RAF unit was formed with modified 'black' Lancasters to act as a backstop in case efforts to modify the B-29 failed.
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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2020, 09:03:07 pm »
Funnily enough, this video has just gone up on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XX9ptCNpik

Apparently a secret RAF unit was formed with modified 'black' Lancasters to act as a backstop in case efforts to modify the B-29 failed.

weaver! that Mark Felton is quite a historian. not inclined to think this is disinformation.
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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2020, 06:35:36 am »
What we should remember of course is that it was 75 years ago today the first one was used in anger.
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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2020, 11:52:36 pm »
What we should remember of course is that it was 75 years ago today the first one was used in anger.

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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2020, 01:39:38 pm »
I did consider doing an Argentinian FAA Lancaster as a carrier for a "Heisenberg Device". One of the smaller Nazi designs.

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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #27 on: August 07, 2020, 02:26:27 pm »
Is that anything like a Heisenberg Compensator? Sounds like a job for Chief O'Brien. Although he is more likely to be running about in a Defiant.

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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2020, 02:53:58 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XX9ptCNpik worth watching on this question
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Re: Could a Avro Lancaster bomber have carried the first Atom bomb?
« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2020, 02:56:02 pm »
Is that anything like a Heisenberg Compensator? Sounds like a job for Chief O'Brien. Although he is more likely to be running about in a Defiant.

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