HMAS Melbourne was the Royal Australian Navy's last aircraft carrier
The YB-35 and
YB-49 were flying-wing
bomber prototypes built during and in the wake of the Second World
One of the desiderata of an air defence system is to put defending
fighters close to the high-value targets. That way they don't get
decoyed away by diversionary attacks, giving the enemy bombers a clear
run, because they're dedicated to protecting a specific target; nor do
they need massive endurance (adding to weight), if they don't need to
make long-distance flights.
One of the great scars on the American military-aviation psyche was
the unescorted bomber. As the men who'd been on the front lines during
the Second World War became the leaders of the Air Force, they tried
to do something about it.
The Peacemaker was the
world's first intercontinental bomber, and the largest mass-produced
piston-engined aircraft ever built.