U.S. Bomber Loadouts

(Updated 8 April 2014)

A-20A Havoc Uniform Bombloads

Reference:
American Combat Planes, by Ray Wagner

Loadout Mix

Total Payload

80 x 30 lb (Low Level Attack)

2,400 lbs

16 x 100 lb (Low Level Attack)

1,600 lbs

1 x 1,100 lb (High Level Attack)

1,100 lbs

2 x 600 lb (High Level Attack)

1,200 lbs

4 x 300 lb (High Level Attack)

1,200 lbs

A-26 Invader Approved Uniform Bombloads

References:
Douglas A-26 and B-26 Invader by Scott Thompson

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Bomb Bay

Total
Payload

1

4 x 1,000 lb

4,000 lbs

2

6 x 500 lb

3,000 lbs

3

8 x 250 lb

2,000 lbs

4

16 x 100 lb

1,600 lbs

5

2 x Mk 13 Torpedoes

4,432 lbs

6

4 x Mk 26 1,000 lb
Naval Mines

4,000 lbs

Notes: On the underside of each wing were two hardpoints designed to accept bomb racks, chemical tanks, or machine gun pods. Each rack could carry a single 100, 300 or 500 lb bomb; thus with a full wing rack loadout; four 500 lb bombs could be carried in addition to the bomb bay payload.

When used with machine gun pods, each hardpoint could carry a single pod containing a pair of M2 .50 caliber MGs, each provided with 300 rpg. Thus, when fitted with four gun pods, an A-26 had eight machine guns and 2,400 rounds in addition to whatever was fitted in the nose. (Photo of Gun Pods)

Later A-26s could carry seven 5” HVAR rockets per wing, for a total of 14.

A-26 Invader Forward Firing Armament Options

Notes: Green Text indicates that nose was put into actual production; red text indicates it remained only on paper.

References:
Douglas A-26 and B-26 Invader by Scott Thompson

(Photo Diagram of the All Purpose Noses – 400 kb PNG)
(75mm Installation in XA-26B)
(75mm Installation in A-26B)

Nose Type

Armament

XA-26C
37mm

4 x M4 or X-9 37mm Cannon (32 rpg)

Bombardier Nose

2 x M2 .50 Cal MGs (400 rpg)
(Mounted on Right Side)

All Purpose Nose
Six Gun Nose

(Photo)

2 x M2 .50 cal MGs (Left) (400 rpg)
4 x M2 .50 cal MGs (Right) (400 rpg)

All Purpose Nose
Eight Gun Nose

4 x M2 .50 cal MGs (Left) (360 rpg)
4 x M2 .50 cal MGs (Right) (360 rpg)

All Purpose Nose
37mm / .50 #1

(Photo)

1 x M9 37mm Cannon (Left) (75 rpg)
4 x M2 .50 cal MGs (Right) (400 rpg)

All Purpose Nose
37mm / .50 #2

2 x M2 .50 cal MGs (Left) (400 rpg)
1 x M9 37mm Cannon (Right) (75 rpg)

All Purpose Nose
37mm
(Photo)

1 x M9 37mm Cannon (Left) (75 rpg)
1 x M9 37mm Cannon (Right) (75 rpg)

All Purpose Nose
75mm / .50

2 x M2 .50 cal MGs (Left) (400 rpg)
1 x T13E1 75mm Cannon (Right) (20 rpg)

All Purpose Nose
75mm / 37mm

1 x M9 37mm Cannon (Left) (75 rpg)
1 x T13E1 75mm Cannon (Right) (20 rpg)

B-17F and G Approved Uniform Bombloads

Reference:
AN-01-1B-40 B-17 weight and balance, Army Manual 1943
B-17F Manual Page (JPG)
B-17G Manual Page (JPG)

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Bomb Bay

Total
Payload

1

2 x 2,000 lb

4,000 lbs

2

2 x 1,600 lb

3,200 lbs

3

2 x 1,000 lb

2,000 lbs

4

12 x 500 lb

6,000 lbs

5

16 x 300 lb

4,800 lbs

6

16 x 250 lb

4,000 lbs

7

24 x 100 lb

2,400 lbs

B-24C/D Liberator Uniform Bombloads

References:
T.O. 01-5EC-1: Handbook, Models B-24C and B-24D (7 March 1942) (PDF Excerpt)

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Bomb Bay

Total
Payload

1

4 x 2000 lb

8,000 lbs

2

8 x 1,000 lb

8,000 lbs

3

8 x 500 lb

4,000 lbs

4

12 x 300 lb

3,600 lbs

5

20 x 100 lb

2,000 lbs

Notes:

B-25 Mitchell Uniform Bombloads

References:
NA-5785 Erection and Maintenance Instructions for B-25H-1-NA (August 1943) (PDF excerpt)

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Bomb Bay

Total
Payload

1

1 x Torpedo

2,150 lbs


1 x 2000 lb

2,000 lb


4 x 1,000 lb

4,000 lbs


2 x 1,600 lb

3,200 lbs


6 x 500 lb

3,000 lbs


8 x 300 lb

2,400 lbs


6 x 325 lb Depth Bombs

1,950 lbs


12 x 100 lb

1,200 lbs

Notes: The wings could be equipped with bomb racks to carry up to eight bombs from 100 to 300 lb or six 325 lb depth charges.

B-26 Marauder Uniform Bombloads

References:
TO 01-35EA-1
Handbook, B-26, B-26A and B-26B (20 March 1942) (PDF Excerpt)

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Forward Bomb Bay

Aft Bomb Bay

Total Weapon Count

Total
Payload

1

2 x 2,000 lb

2 x 2,000 lb

4,000 lbs

2

4 x 1,000 lbs

4 x 1,000 lbs

4,000 lbs

3

6 x 500 lbs

2 x 500 lbs

8 x 500 lb

4,000 lbs

4

10 x 300 lbs

6 x 300 lbs

16 x 300 lbs

4,800 lbs

5

20 x 100 lbs

10 x 100 lbs

30 x 100 lbs

3,000 lbs

Notes: Generally, the aft bomb bay was not used, with the space instead being filled with fuel tanks for more range. Typical load was 4 x 500 lb bombs.

B-29 Superfortress Approved Uniform Bombloads

Reference:
AN 01-20EJ-1: Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions: B-29 Superfortress, 1 March 1945

Loadout Mix

Total Payload

4 x 4,000 lb

16,000 lbs

8 x 2,000 lb

16,000 lbs

12 x 1,600 lb

19,200 lbs

12 x 1,000 lb

12,000 lbs

40 x 500 lb

20,000 lbs

56 x 300 lb

16,800 lbs

80 x 100 lb

8,000 lbs

B-32 Dominator Uniform Bomb Loads

Reference:
AAF Manual 51-126-7 Airplane Commander Training Manual for the Dominator (15 July 1945) (PDF Excerpt)

Loadout Mix

Total Payload

4 x 4,000 lb

16,000 lbs

8 x 2,000 lb

16,000 lbs

8 x 1,600 lb

12,800 lbs

12 x 1,000 lb

12,000 lbs

40 x 500 lb

20,000 lbs

B-36 Peacemaker Approved Uniform Bomb Loads

(Bays 1-2 and 3-4 could be combined to carry oversized bombs as shown below)

Reference:
Convair B-36: A Comprehensive History of Americas Big Stick by Meyers K. Jacobsen

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Bomb Bay
No. 1

Bomb Bay
No. 2

Bomb Bay
No. 3

Bomb Bay
No. 4

Total
Weapon Count

Total
Payload

1

EMPTY

14 x 500 lb

6 x 500 lb

EMPTY

20 x 500 lb

10,000 lbs

2

EMPTY

10 x 1,000 lb

EMPTY

EMPTY

10 x 1,000 lb

10,000 lbs

3

EMPTY

5 x 2,000 lb

EMPTY

EMPTY

5 x 2,000 lb

10,000 lbs

4

38 x 500 lb

28 x 500 lb

28 x 500 lb

38 x 500 lb

132 x 500 lb

66,000 lbs

5

19 x 1,000 lb

16 x 1,000 lb

16 x 1,000 lb

21 x 1,000 lb

72 x 1,000 lb

72,000 lbs

6

8 x 2,000 lb

6 x 2,000 lb

6 x 2,000 lb

8 x 2,000 lb

28 x 2,000 lb

56,000 lbs

7

3 x 4,000 lb

3 x 4,000 lb

3 x 4,000a lb

3 x 4,000 lb

12 x 4,000 lb

48,000 lbs

8

2 x 12,000 lb

2 x 12,000 lb

4 x 12,000 lb

48,000 lbs

9

1 x 22,000 lb

2 x 22,000 lb

3 x 22,000 lb

66,000 lbs

10

1 x 43,000 lb

1 x 43,000 lb

2 x 43,000 lb

86,000 lbs

B-45 Tornado Approved Uniform Bombloads

References:
AN 01-GFA-1 Handbook, Flight Operating Instructions, USAF Model B-45A1, -5, & B-45C Airplanes (20 December 1949)

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Bomb Bay

Total
Payload

1

1 x 22,000 lb

22,000 lbs

6

27 x 100 lbs

2,700 lbs

Notes: There are more but this is what was stated in the manual.

B-47B/E Stratojet Approved Uniform Bomb Loads
(Short Bomb Bay with 3,230 gallon Bomb Bay Fuel Tank)

References:
T.O. 1B-47E-1: Flight Handbook, B-47B & B-47E Aircraft (30 June 1955)
B-47 Stratojet by Alwyn T. Lloyd

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Bomb Bay

Total
Payload

1

1 x Special Purpose Bomb
(Nuclear)

(Nuclear)

2

1 x 4,000 lb GP Bomb

4,000 lbs

3

3 x 2,000 lb GP Bomb

6,000 lbs

4

8 x 1,000 lb GP Bombs
(Box Fins)

8,000 lbs

5

6 x 1,000 lb GP Bombs
(Conical Fins)

6,000 lbs

6

4 x 1,000 GP Bombs
(Long Fins)

4,000 lbs

7

6 x 750 lb Chemical Clusters

4,500 lbs

8

7 x 750 lb GP Bombs

5,250 lbs

9

13 x 500 lb GP Bombs
(Conical Fins)

6,500 lbs

Notes: Only three SAC B-47 Wings had a conventional bombing capability.

B-47B/E Stratojet Approved Uniform Bomb Loads
(Long Bomb Bay with No Bomb Bay Fuel Tank)
(Special Maximum Density Configuration)

References:
T.O. 1B-47E-1: Flight Handbook, B-47B & B-47E Aircraft (30 June 1955)
B-47 Stratojet by Alwyn T. Lloyd

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Bomb Bay

Total
Payload

0

1 x 22,000 lb Grand Slam

22,000 lbs

1

1 x 12,000 lb Tall Boy

12,000 lbs

2

1 x 10,000 lb GP Bomb

10,000 lbs

3

4 x 5000 lb GP Bombs

20,000 lbs

4

4 x 3000 lb GP Bombs

12,000 lbs

5

6 x 2000 lb GP Bombs
(Conical Fins)

12,000 lbs

6

18 x 1000 lb GP Bombs
(Conical Fins)

18,000 lbs

7

21 x 750 lb Chemical Clusters

15,750 lbs

8

21 x 750 lb GP Bombs

15,750 lbs

9

28 x 500 lb GP Bombs
(Conical Fins)

14,000 lbs

Notes: Only three SAC B-47 Wings had a conventional bombing capability.

B-52G Stratofortress Uniform Bomb Loads

Reference:
Limitations of the Conventional Role of the B-1B in the European Theater, by LTCOL Paul Frichtl (1.71 MB PDF)

Loadout Mix

Total Payload

51 x Mk 82 500 lb GP Bombs (or Mk 36 Sea Mines)

25,500 lbs

51 x Mk 117 750 lb GP Bombs

38,250 lbs

18 x Mk 84 2000 lb GP Bombs

36,000 lbs

51 x CBU-52 780~ lb Cluster Bombs

39,780 lbs

30 x CBU-87 950 lb Cluster Bombs

28,500 lbs

30 x CBU-89 1000 lb GATOR Mine Clusterbombs

30,000 lbs

51 x Mk 30 Sea Mines

UNKNOWN

18 x Mk 60 CAPTOR Sea Mines

42,732 lbs

8 x AGM-84 Harpoons

9,152 lbs

30 x AGM-136 Tacit Rainbow (Persistent ARM)

12,900 lbs

3 x AGM-142 HAVE NAP

9,000 lbs

FB-111A “Aardvark” Uniform Bomb Loads

Reference:
Limitations of the Conventional Role of the B-1B in the European Theater, by LTCOL Paul Frichtl (1.71 MB PDF)

Loadout Mix

Total Payload

20 x Mk 82 500 lb GP Bombs or Mk 36 Sea Mines

10,000 lbs

16 x M117 750 lb GP Bombs

12,000 lbs

4 x Mk 84 2000 lb GP Bombs

8,000 lbs

20 x CBU-52 780~ lb Cluster Bombs

15,600 lbs

20 x CBU-87 950 lb Cluster Bombs

19,000 lbs

20 x CBU-89 1000 lb GATOR Mine Clusterbombs

20,000 lbs

B-1B Lancer Approved Uniform Bomb Loads

References:
GlobalSecurity.org Website
Modern Fighting Aircraft: B-1B Bomber by ARCO/Mike Spick.
B-1B Lancer Units in Combat by Thomas Withington
Limitations of the Conventional Role of the B-1B in the European Theater, by LTCOL Paul Frichtl (1.71 MB PDF)

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Forward
Weapons Bay

Intermediate Weapons Bay

Aft
Weapons Bay

External
Pylons

Total
Count

Total
Payload

1

8 x B61 Nuke

8 x B61 Nuke

8 x B61 Nuke

24 x B61 (8.88 MT)

24,000 lbs

2

8 x B61 Nuke

8 x B61 Nuke

8 x B61 Nuke

14 x B61 Nuke

38 x B61 (14.06 MT)

38,000 lbs

3

8 x B83 Nuke

8 x B83 Nuke

8 x B83 Nuke

24 x B83 (28.8 MT)

57,600 lbs

4

8 x B83 Nuke

8 x B83 Nuke

8 x B83 Nuke

14 x B83 Nuke

38 x B83 (45.6 MT)

91,200 lbs

5

4 x B43 Nuke

4 x B43 Nuke

4 x B43 Nuke

12 x B43 (12 MT)

25,500 lbs

6

4 x B43 Nuke

4 x B43 Nuke

4 x B43 Nuke

14 x B43 Nuke

26 x B43 (26 MT)

55,250 lbs

7

4 x B28 Nuke

4 x B28 Nuke

4 x B28 Nuke

12 x B28 (17.4 MT)

27,840 lbs

8

4 x B28 Nuke

4 x B28 Nuke

4 x B28 Nuke

8 x B28 Nuke

20 x B28 (29 MT)

46,400 lbs

9

8 x AGM-69 SRAM

8 x AGM-69 SRAM

8 x AGM-69 SRAM

24 x AGM-69
(5.04 MT)

53,520 lbs

10

8 x AGM-69 SRAM

8 x AGM-69 SRAM

8 x AGM-69 SRAM

14 x AGM-69 SRAM

38 x AGM-69
(7.98 MT)

84,740 lbs

11

8 x AGM-86B ALCM

Bay Empty

8 x AGM-86B
(1.2 MT)

25,200 lbs

12

8 x AGM-86B ALCM

Bay Empty

14 x AGM-86B

22 x AGM-86B
(3.3 MT)

69,300 lbs

13

28 x Mk 82 Class
(500 lb Mk 82 GP
GBU-30 JDAM
Mk 36 Mine)

28 x Mk 82 Class
(500 lb Mk 82 GP
GBU-30 JDAM
Mk 36 Mine)

28 x Mk 82 Class
(500 lb Mk 82 GP
GBU-30 JDAM
Mk 36 Mine)

84 x Mk 82 Class
(500 lb Mk 82 GP
GBU-30 JDAM
Mk 36 Mine)

42,000 lbs

14

28 x Mk 82/GBU-30
(500 lb GP/JDAM)

28 x Mk 82/GBU-30
(500 lb GP/JDAM)

28 x Mk 82/GBU-30
(500 lb GP/JDAM)

14 x Mk 28/GBU-30
(500 lb GP/JDAM)

98 x Mk 82/GBU-3)
(500 lb GP/JDAM)

49,000 lbs

15

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

24 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

48,000 lbs

16

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

14 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

38 x Mk 84/GBU-32
(2,000 lb GP/JDAM)

76,000 lbs

17

10 x CBU-87/97
(1,000 lb Cluster Bomb)

10 x CBU-87/97
(1,000 lb Cluster Bomb)

10 x CBU-87/97
(1,000 lb Cluster Bomb)

30 x CBU-87/97
(1,000 lb Cluster Bomb)

30,000 lbs

19

4 x AGM-154 JSOW

4 x AGM-154 JSOW

4 x AGM-154 JSOW

12 x AGM-154 JSOW

13,140 lbs

20

8 x AGM-158 JASSM

8 x AGM-158 JASSM

8 x AGM-158 JASSM

24 x AGM-158 JASSM

51,600 lbs

Note: External Pylon carriage and AGM-86B carriage via combining the Forward and Intermediate Bomb Bay into one large area are banned via Arms Reduction Treaties.

B-2A Spirit Approved Uniform Bomb Loads

References:
GlobalSecurity.org Website

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Bomb Bay
No. 1

Bomb Bay
No. 2

Total
Weapon Count

Total
Payload

1

8 x B61

8 x B61

16 x B61 (5.92 MT)

16,000 lbs

2

8 x B83

8 x B83

16 x B83 (19.2 MT)

38,400 lbs

3

8 x AGM-131 SRAM II

8 x AGM-131 SRAM II

16 x AGM-131 SRAM II (3.2 MT)

32,000 lbs

4

108 x GBU-39 SDB (250 lb)

108 x GBU-39 SDB (250 lb)

216 x GBU-39 SDB (250 lb)

54,000 lbs

5

40 x Mk 82/GBU-30 JDAM
(500 lb GP)

40 x Mk 82/GBU-30 JDAM
(500 lb GP)

80 x Mk 82/GBU-30 JDAM
(500 lb GP)

40,000 lbs

6

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32 JDAM
(2,000 lb GP)

8 x Mk 84/GBU-32 JDAM
(2,000 lb GP)

16 x Mk 84/GBU-32 JDAM
(2,000 lb GP)

32,000 lbs

7

17 x CBU-87/97
(1,000 lb Cluster Bomb)

17 x CBU-87/97
(1,000 lb Cluster Bomb)

34 x CBU-87/97
(1,000 lb Cluster Bomb)

34,000 lbs

8

4 x GBU-37
(4,700 lb AP)

4 x GBU-37
(4,700 lb AP)

8 x GBU-37
(4,700 lb AP)

37,600 lbs

9

4 x GBU-28
(5,000 lb AP)

4 x GBU-28
(5,000 lb AP)

8 x GBU-28
(5,000 lb AP)

40,000 lbs

10

8 x AGM-154 JSOW

8 x AGM-154 JSOW

16 x AGM-154 JSOW

17,520 lbs

11

8 x AGM-158 JASSM

8 x AGM-158 JASSM

16 x AGM-158 JASSM

34,400 lbs

12

1 x GBU-57 “MOP”
(30,000 lb AP)

1 x GBU-57 “MOP”
(30,000 lb AP)

2 x GBU-57 “MOP”
(30,000 lb AP)

60,000 lbs