CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1301 times:
Why does the US base its strategic bombers so far from their targets? I understand the need for distance to protect these huge aircraft, but why so far? Bombers are flying out of Fairford in the UK to hit targets in Iraq, and return to the same place. Why not just put them in someplace like Italy or Spain, which seems closer but still makes the bombers unreachable?
Hamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1252 times:
I believe another relevant issue is the capability of the paved surfaces to support the weight footprint of the aircraft. If I'm not mistaken, a fully-loaded B-52 carries one of the most significant footprints.