Why does the B2 have a shorter range than the B52 despite the fact that It's a flying wing?

Why does the B2 have a shorter range than the B52 despite the fact that It's a flying wing? I thought that one of the main advantages of the flying wing design was that there was no "dead weight", thus the plane would have higher lift + more room for fuel = having longer range because of this

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Presumably it's high priority on stealth characteristics take something away from the aerodynamics and engine efficiency. It is probably not possible to fully optimize all three aspects simultaneously.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    sorry for hijacking the thread, but I have a related question

    the B-21 is supposed to be smaller than the B-2, right?
    the NGAD is supposed to be considerably larger than previous fighters, and go along with loyal wingman drones that can carry ordnance

    so what exactly is the point of both a smaller bomber and a larger fighter? seems a bit redundant

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Tactical versus strategic bombing.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        but what's the point of a small strategic bomber? will it even have the same range as the B-2?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          iirc its only slightly smaller and 4 times cheaper
          they plan to start with a fleet of 100 b21s which completely dwarfs the b2 fleet

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Bomber can be purely subsonic and much stealthier then the fighter, more bomb payload, etc. There is a lot that goes into aircraft design anon not just "size".

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        IIRC it's going to have half the payload of the B-2

        the real advantage is cost and maintenance - and so far Northrup-Grumman appears to be fucking UNDER BUDGET AND AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. so they've presumably worked out the kinks of the Area 51 alien tech

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >IIRC it's going to have half the payload of the B-2
          Yeah? Other anon was comparing it to fighters not the B-2.

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    B-52 carries more than double the fuel of a B-2 (~152,000kg vs 75000kg) for ~20% more range.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      now if they spent the money of re-engine-ing and re-winging the B-52, they'd extend the life of the airframe and increase rangen444xx

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Imagine being in the Korean war and see that literal UFO fly by

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you wouldnt see it

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Its right fucking there just look up.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          they fly too high for you to see them mate, they're 50,000 feet up. they also tend to use them at night

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      similar tech (well, similar design at least) already existed at the time

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        the guy who made this got to see the design of the B-2 just before he died I believe

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Jack Northrup died in 1981, I wonder if the prototype was built by then?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >By the late 1970s a variety of illnesses left him unable to walk or speak. Shortly before his death, he was given clearance to see designs and hold a scale model of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, which shared design features of his YB-35 and YB-49.[13][14] The B-2, for example, has the same 172-foot wingspan as the jet-powered flying wing, YB-49.[14] Northrop reportedly wrote on a sheet of paper "Now I know why God has kept me alive for 25 years".[14] B-2 project designer John Cashen said, "As he held this model in his shaking hands, it was as if you could see his entire history with the flying wing passing through his mind."[15] He died 10 months later.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I'm not crying, you're crying

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It's a nice story, but the part about him being in a wheelchair and unable to talk is not true, see 28 minutes in:

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Thanks for the research anon. A lot of these stories seem overdramatized but I’m too lazy to search myself.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/LGA6USY.jpg

      similar tech (well, similar design at least) already existed at the time

      the guy who made this got to see the design of the B-2 just before he died I believe

      Sadly his plane kept crashing because they didn't have Fly-by-wire tech at the time: https://youtu.be/dByvPIyIbZE

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The B-52 carries about twice as much fuel, so proportionately the B-2's range is better.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >B-2: Length 69', Height 17', Wingspan 172'
    >Fuel: 167000 lbs, range 6900 mi
    >B-52: Length 159', Height 40', Wingspan 185'
    >Fuel: 312000 lbs, range 8800 mi
    ITT op learns that there are 3 dimensions not just one, that raw fuel quantity does matter even if used less efficiently, and also continues his endless sucking of cocks.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's range is kinda irrelevant because it can mid-air refuel.

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