Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2953 times:
There were two versions of the Martin B-57, license built English Electric Canberra, built with extremely large wings for high altitude operation, the RB-57D and the RB-57F.
The main purpose of these airplanes was strategic reconnaisance in a similar role as the U-2.
Currently at the U. S. Air Force Museum, a two seat RB-57D is being assembled in the Kettering Cold War Gallery. As of this past weekend, the main components not yet installed on the airplane were its two P&WA J-57's. The standard Martin B-57 was equipped with 2 Curtiss-Wright J-65's, which were license built Bristol-Siddley Sapphires.
Here are a couple of links to pages with information on the RB-57D.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2786 times:
I remember seeing the RB-57F crews mount up at Albrook AFB in the Canal Zone. They wore pressure suits with the snap ring for their helmets. Looked like astronauts walking out to the van that took them from Ops to the planes. When that thing took off you'd just see the top of it as it climbed out of sight. Awesome climb angle. Never did see which direction they took as they went out on course. I had a best guess though.
Friend of mine had a camera hatch blow out of the RB-57D at some extreme altitude. Believe that the cabin altitude caught up with him in the high thirties as he was on his way down.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.