RampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1469 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1522 times:
I was watching a show about the B-36. They were talking about how only two runways could withstand the weight of the B-36. One was at Carswell (Convair factory), and the other was one of the San Diego airports. I can't see SAN or MYF handling the B-36. Does anybody know what airport it was? Didn't Convair have plants at both SAN and MYF?
Nbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 676 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
I believe it was KSAN that could handle the B36. KSAN was one of the main Convair factories. The factory is still there, although it has gone through many different owners since Convair closed its doors.
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Tnsaf From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1432 times:
Initially the only runways were at Carswell and San Diego were capable of bearing the weight of the initial gear design. I have a book that shows the capable runways after the gear redesign, but can't reference it because it is packed up as I am moving. If I remember quickly the airplane was sent on Deployment to Alaska and Thule and maybe Guam.
LongHorn2000 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 12 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1297 times:
RampRat74, Nice shot of Carswell. That is now a Lockheed Martin Factory (on the west side of the runway). They still have one of the B-36's out there. Unfortunately it is in pieces waiting for a home and it's restoration efforts. Every once in a while I go have lunch by the giant wing section. It is kind of sad to see in it's current state.