Cover: Roles and Missions for Conventionally Armed Heavy Bombers

Roles and Missions for Conventionally Armed Heavy Bombers

An Historical Perspective

Published 1994

by Dana J. Johnson


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 8.2 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback155 pages $40.00

In light of changes in the world situation and in available funds, the Air Force is assessing the roles and effectiveness of existing and planned aircraft. To glean lessons about the use of conventionally armed heavy bombers in the past, the author examines World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Operation Desert Storm, focusing on operational concerns such as mission planning, targeting, tactics, and attrition. This historical review reveals, among other things, that the application of pre-World War II concepts proved indecisive against countries of varying levels of industrialization. However, nontraditional and innovative mission planning and targeting, such as antisubmarine warfare, countershipping, aerial mining, close air support, and battlefield air interdiction, showed bombers to be effective in other roles.

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND note series. The note was a product of RAND from 1979 to 1993 that reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.