Re:PURPOSE of Pitot Tubes on bombers?
As additional information...when an aircraft is in the Experimental developement, test pitot tube is usually some 4-6 ft forward of the nose...in order to get an accurate reading in undisturbed air....the foremost point of the end of test pitot tube becomes fuselage Station 0....and as the nose of the aircraft is the aforementioned 4-6 ft aft...that fuselage point then becomes fuselage Station 4 or 6 (or whatever distance), with all subsequent stations aft measured in inches.
During the testing, several other locations are determined to be in undisturbed air, and the permanent pitot tubes are then incorporated into the aircraft.
This is why all aircraft usually have the extreme nose of the aircraft, as other than fuselage Station 0, depending on the length of the test pitot probe.
Jim ( learned when I was a QC Inspector at Boeing).
James S. Peters Sr. T/Sgt B-17 Flt Engr, 27 missions 99 BG, 348BS, 5th Wing, 15th AAF Tortorella, (Foggia#2), Italy My Tour was from 12/03/44-06/19/45 M/Sgt USAF (Retired)