Cutaway Thursday: Convair B-36J Peacemaker

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3 responses to “Cutaway Thursday: Convair B-36J Peacemaker

  1. http://www.aviation.ou.edu/SafetyCorner/documents/February2011.pdf
    Connections to Carswell and Cleburne in my life led me to looking into this B-36 crash many years ago. A planned 30 HOUR mission in the Peacemaker goes to pieces bit by bit, it is one of those “It can’t get any worse” stories that does indeed get worse. My uncle was one of the design engineers on the B-36, he was proudest of the tiny vent window he designed on the pilot and copilot sides that allowed for venting cigarette smoke. A different era, to be sure.

  2. Bill Brandt

    If you ever drive up US 99 by Merced in the Central Valley of CA, you have to stop at the air museum of the old (now closed) Castle AFB.

    It is the only B36 I have ever sen up close and the size is unbelievable.

  3. virgil xenophon

    The B-36 is the bird that should have been used as the “flying CAS dump-druck” in both SEA and AF/PAK. It had a longer loiter time and bigger GPS-based bomb-load that could be utilized in a almost totally permissive environment–saving the higher-performance BONGO for more hostile environments when needed..,like as “battleship” launch platforms against the PLAN utilizing more expensive and rarer TLAMs, etc,

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