KBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2511 times:
Question on the B-36:
How many were built with just the 6 radials, and then how many were built with the 6 radials, plus the four jets? These are hard to find information on. The best footage/glimpse of these aircraft is through the movie Strategic Air Command, with Jimmy Stewart. A Great film too. B-36 beautiful airplane.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2359 times:
There were 385 B-36s in all assembled. If Broke sees this thread, he may have a more detailed answer for you. Meantime, I'll do some research on how many were retrofitted with the jet engines. Regards.
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FTOHIST From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2352 times:
You have to check out Dennis R. Jenkins new book about the airplane. It's published by Schiffer Military History, and I've seen it sold in many bookstores. I've loaned it out to someone, or I'd quote the figures you've asked for. If you like the airplane, this book is a MUST!!!!
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
A piece of trivia here, but the jet engine/pylon assembly is from the B-47, with an extra strut inboard. It is amazing how much airframe design has evolved in the past 60 years. Every time I look at how thick the wing and tailplanes are on th B-36, I think "What a waste". It really could have been much faster without the jets.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2260 times:
I've been lucky enough to have some real magic moments with airplanes, including a ride in a P-51, seeing a flying wing (B-35 probably) seeing the XB-70 in flight, having Concorde and SR-71s go by below me and more. But one of the great ones was in Northern California in about 1952 when a huge formation of B-36s flew south, down the coast and right over our house at low altitude.
We heard them coming for a minute or so, and had time to run outside. They were in V-of-3, twelve in all, for a total of 36 aircraft. The sound was knock-you-to-the-ground amazing. We stared at them until they disappeared over the horizon and stared at the smoke trail until that went away. The first time I heard the phrase "aluminum overcast" this was the first thing I thought of.
I believe that the B-36 had some high altitude performance that was not equalled for some time. Stupendous airplane and probably the reason I still have really big airplane dreams.
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