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Jet Bombers are invaluable units in Information Era warfare. Using normal bombing runs, Jet Bombers can quickly wear down a city's defenses, allowing the city to be taken easily. If necessary, a Jet Bomber is also capable of performing a Nuclear or Thermonuclear Strike, which will instantly destroy the defenses of any cities caught within the blast radius.
In the iOS versions of the game, using the Jet Bomber to attack causes a visual glitch to occur where the screen freezes before the animation finishes. However, the game itself continues to run. This glitch can be avoided by swiping the screen away from the attack's animation before it happens.
As fighters got faster and more lethal, for a brief period jet bombers were considered necessary by Cold War air forces … until intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles promised the ability to rain destruction on distant cities with less fuss. The United States designed the XB-70 Valkyrie, for instance, to carry nuclear warheads across the pole to Russia – only two were ever built. The B-1 Lancer was somewhat more successful; with a speed of Mach-2 it could (hopefully) outrun the nuclear blast so the crew might survive – about 100 of the B-1B version were put in service as “low-level penetrators.” But in general, the old B-52s and Soviet Tu-95 series worked just as well (although their attack would be a one-way trip), and were a lot cheaper. In modern air forces, the distinctions between bombers, fighter-bombers and fighters have blurred considerably, such that most aircraft in service today could be considered “jet bombers.”
- The Jet Bomber's model is based on the B-52 Stratofortress, an American long-range bomber built by Boeing after World War II.
- The Jet Bomber can be landed and launched from Aircraft Carriers in-game. In real life, Aircraft Carriers are not large enough to reliably station most modern strategic bombers, as there is not enough space to consistently land/take-off.