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User currently offlineRampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2333 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?

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User currently offlineNbgskygod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 925 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2315 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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User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

I thought there was a flight of B-36 Peacemakers at MacDill?

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User currently offlineTnsaf From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2243 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.

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User currently offlineRampRat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

You are right. They first had two huge wheels per gear. Then they redesigned it with a bogie gear.

User currently offlineLongHorn2000 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2108 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.

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