B-57B Canberra

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General info

B-57B Canberra in the Garage.

The B-57B Canberra is a Rank V American jet bomber with a battle rating of 8.0. It was introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Concluding the legendary US Bomber line within War Thunder, the Martin B-57B jet bomber is the US modification of the famous British aircraft that leads away from the standard gameplay found on most US heavy bombers before it. Placed well within Era V after its predecessor, the B-57A, with a top end BR similar to the IL-28 in both Arcade, Realistic and Simulator Battles, the B-57B focuses more on low level ground attack by comparison to its predecessors and can carry large amounts of offensive external weaponry.

Whilst a lone B-57B out in the open is an easy target for intercepting aircraft and is no match for the likes of the MiG-15 or CL-13 in combat, communication and coordination with teammates will allow pilots of this aircraft to effectively strike targets of strategic importance with precision and to devastating effect. Equally organising squads paired with escorting fighters who can work in conjunction with B-57s or even a whole wing of attack aircraft can have a massive impact on top tier games.

Vehicle characteristics

Unlike the B-57A model before it, the B-57B included numerous improvements and modifications to the airframe and armament that allow it to play a much more aggressive and offensive role in Battle. Able to mount up to 16 x 127mm HVAR rockets on its external pylons in conjunction with heavy bomb loads, the B-57B is best suited to taking out armoured targets or naval targets such as Destroyers and Cruisers.

As well as its ability to deliver massive offensive potential to targets at high speeds, it is also equipped with 8 wing mounted 12.7mm Browning M3 machine guns that hold a healthy 2800 rounds of ammunition, allowing it to attack light targets with ease, but also provides air-to-air combat potential for pilots. However these HMGs are fitted far on the outside of each wing making gun convergence a big issue. Another novel feature of the B model, is its rotating bomb bay that can hold large stores of a variety of bombs to complement its wing mounted payloads. With a maximum potential load out of 8 x 1000lb bombs coupled with 8 x 127mm HVAR rockets, the B-57B is one of the most versatile aircraft in game at Era V.

By comparison to its contemporary jet attack-bombers of other nations, the IL-28, Arado C-3, Canberra B (i) Mk.VI and R2Y2 series, the B-57B can carry the largest payload thanks to its external stores, making this the ideal choice for players who prefer more aggressive and direct attack roles in the skies.

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good low altitude performance
  • Great horizontal maneuverbility.
  • Outruns Pre-Korean War jets.
  • Excellent offensive armament of 8 Brownings
  • Impressive and versatile payload.
  • Bomber Spawn(AB/RB)

Cons:

  • Big target.
  • Slower than most enemy jets it faces.
  • Gun convergence problematic for offensive armament.
  • Hostile Matchmaker
  • Poor performance at altitude

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 8 x M3 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 2,400 total)

Payloads

  • 21 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 9 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 13 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 8 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 16 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 21 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 8 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 13 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 16 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 9 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 16 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 4 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 8 x 127 mm HVAR rockets + 8 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Wright J65-W-5 jet x2
  • Takeoff thrust: 3111.7 kgf (Stock), ____ kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg
Name: Wright J65-W-5 jet x2
  • Takeoff thrust: 3081.4 kgf (Stock), 3430.1 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg
Name: Wright J65-W-5 jet x2
  • Takeoff thrust: 3081.4 kgf (Stock), 3430.1 kgf (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 900 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 918 km/h
    • at height: 762 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 56.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 22.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,050 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 996 km/h
    • at height: 762 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 53.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 34.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,050 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 892 km/h
    • at height: 762 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 57.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 21.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,050 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 963 km/h
    • at height: 762 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 55.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 28.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,050 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 892 km/h
    • at height: 762 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 57.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 21.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,050 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 963 km/h
    • at height: 762 m
  • Max altitude: 12,192 m
  • Turn Time: 55.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 28.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,050 m

Performance

Horsepower graph

Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.55)



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Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Thrust graph
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Altitude in 1000km


Modules and improvements

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair, Offensive 12 mm, EESBC No.2 Mark 2
II Compressor Airframe EELBC No.1 Mark 3
III Wings repair, Engine New 12 mm MGs, EERC No.3 Mark 1
IV G-suit Cover EERC No.3 Mark 2

History of creation and combat usage

The Martin B-57B was a development of the licence built version of the British Canberra B Mk.2, the B-57A. After its impressive performances at the Farnborough airshows in the early 1950s, the United States of America were keen to acquire the record setting jet bomber to fulfill the role of fast attacker similar to their current A-26 model. America had no suitable replacements for the Invader’s position and experiences in Korea had proven the value of an Interdictor attacker.

As such, licence production of the Canberra was given by English Electric to Martin for the B-57A. Whilst the A model was essentially the same as the British variant, the B model had numerous improvements and changes over the A model that distinguishes it from the original Canberra design. Features such as a redesigned canopy that required 2 crew rather than 3, newer engines, improved wing strength coupled with pylons for large external stores, more effective airbrakes and the Martin’s reduced drag rotary bomb bay from previous test aircraft were all included into the B model. As well as this, the B-57B also had offensive armament in the form of 8 Browning M3 machine guns with 4 in each wing, however this was later updated to 4 x 20mm M39 cannon.

All of this combined lead to the emergence of a highly effective interdictor aircraft that now differed greatly from its British counterpart to which it was based upon. Even with the rapid pace of jet aircraft development, the B-57B continued on in service thanks to its flexibility and versatility of combat roles. Numerous loadouts and configurations existed that allowed for a multitude of possible tasks including interdiction, reconnaissance or high altitude bombing. Whilst the primary models would retire in the late 1970s towards the early 1980s, highly modified variants still continue to serve in research and development roles for NASA even today.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the B-57B from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png B-57B Canberra
Nation USA
Type Medium Tactical Bomber
Attackers
Jet Bombers
Fighting style Ground Attack
Bombing
Strike Fighter
Close Air Support
Jet Combat

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~13350 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~19990 kg
Takeoff Weight ~25854 kg
Wing Area ~89 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 3265 kN
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~963.00 kph at 762 m
Climb Rate ~28.50 m/s
Turn Time ~55.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~150.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~29432 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~44070 lb
Takeoff Weight ~56998 lb
Wing Area ~956 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Thrust per Engine 3265 kN
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~598.38 mph at 2500 m
Climb Rate 93.50 ft/s
Turn Time 55.00 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~30.72 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
8 x M3 Browning 300 RPG
Payload Option 1
21 x 250 lbs AN-M57 💣 Bomb
Payload Option 2
9 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 💣 Bomb
Payload Option 3
13 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 💣 Bomb
Payload Option 4
4 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Fin M129 💣 Bomb
Payload Option 5
8 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Fin M129 💣 Bomb
Payload Option 6
21 x 250 lbs AN-M57 💣 Bomb
16 x HVAR 🚀 Rocket
Payload Option 7
13 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 💣 Bomb
8 x HVAR 🚀 Rocket
Payload Option 8
9 x 500 lbs AN-M64A1 💣 Bomb
16 x HVAR 🚀 Rocket
Payload Option 9
4 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Fin M129 💣 Bomb
16 x HVAR 🚀 Rocket
Payload Option 10
8 x 1000 lbs AN-M65A1 Fin M129 💣 Bomb
8 x HVAR 🚀 Rocket
Limits
Max Speed limit 990 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Max static +G's ~3
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <561 kph
Rudder <523 kph
Elevators <510 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 615 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Max static +G's ~3
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <348 mph
Rudder <325 mph
Elevators <317 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is not controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is not controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)