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Are There Any B-36's Still Flying?  
User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13893 times:

My saw an airplane fly over a few months ago and his description sounds just like a B-36. He has no idea what it was. I showed him some pictures of B-36's and he said that it looked like what he saw.

If it helps, we live in the Dallas area.

Thanks

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User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13701 times:

That would be my DAD who saw an airplane fly over...

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13711 times:

No. No B-36's are flying. The only one I know of that is in a museum is at the AF museum in Dayton. Incredible airplane!

User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13701 times:

I should know better than to post without checking...After a web search it appears there are at least 4 preserved B-36's. AF museum, SAC at Offut AFB NE, Castle AFB California and a new museum in Ft. Worth which has not been built yet and the B-36 is in the middle of restoration.

It would be amazing to see one fly.


User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 13686 times:

Are any of these airworthy? Would they have bene flying through Dallas? I knew about the Ft. Worth project, and as far as I know, it is FAR from airworthy.

I actually saw the plane at the Alliance Air Show a few years back. Had no wings, the fueselage was a mess, but they were letting us walk through it. it was pretty cool. I was only 10 or so at the time, so I didn't really realize what it was. I wish I'd been older.


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 13670 times:

None are flying. Sorry.  Smile

User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13672 times:

Huh. Then what did my dad see that could have looked like a B-36? I didn't think that's what it was, though his description sounds just like one... He even said the pictures looked like what he saw. Of course, he saw only the underside and it was several thousand fee up.

Are there any other planes that could be mistaken for a B-36, when seen sillouetted (sp?) against the sky?



User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13664 times:

if you think the b-36 is impressive you should see the XC-99, i saw it while it was down at Kelly AFB in texas, it was all run down and junky but still quite impressive ( to bad we let treasures like that go )


"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 13658 times:

B-52  Smile

LY744.



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User currently offlineTomh From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13648 times:

Other than the single non-airworthy XC-99 there is nothing that looks like a B-36. None of the museum-resident B-36s are airworthy, as you have learned.

I think there are still one or two Shorts Belfast large turboprop freighters that make it to the States occasionally. Still, they don't look anything like a B-36.

All I can offer up is a story I wrote about the B-36s that I saw when I was young. If interested, you or your dad can check it out here:
http://www.sover.net/~tomh/Sawit.html


User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 13640 times:

Galaxy- Is the XC-99 still somewhere? Or has it been made into cans?

(The C-99 was the cargo version of the B-36. A huge airplane. It had single wheel gear and was so heavy that only a couple of fields could handle it. (One being San Diego Lindbergh and the other at DFW I think.) Never made it into production. )


User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 13641 times:

I just went to Castle AFB museum. There is indeed a B-36 and I made high quality digital photos of it. If you want them just e-mail me .

Cheers!


User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 13625 times:

Yes there is one XC-99 around it was owned byBill Rheams, until the IRS told him it was worth $8 mill and he quickly donated it to the AARA.

Check it out the story is part of the book Speaking of Flying. It has the tales of many pilots that have flown, and wrote about it.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16861 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 13621 times:

I just watched Strategic Air Command on cable, Jimmy Stewart flew a B-36 in the begining.


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User currently offlineTomh From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 13606 times:

2912n-I don't know exactly where the XC-99 is, but after it flew successfully for a number of years as the first USAF outsized transport it lay derelict at Kelly AFB, TX for decades. I'm sure it is still in existance.

The XB-36 had the single large MLG wheel. The XC-99 has landing gear similar, if not identical to production
B-36s.

STT757-I was greatly influenced by the movie Strategic Air Command as a kid. Though I didn't know it at the time, it won the cinematography award for 1955. Those beautiful in flight contrail sequences must have helped cinch the award.



User currently offlineExnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13594 times:

All four surviving B-36s are the property of the Air Force Museum. The three not at WPAFB are technically "on loan" to their respective museums. Both the Castle and Ft. Worth restoration groups were told in no uncertain terms that the a/c were not to be restored to flying condition.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16861 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13585 times:

Strategic Air Command is one of my favorites, Jimmy Stewart's background as an Air Force Officer makes the movie. That and the obvious help the Air Force gave to the making of the film, where was the character Jimmy Stewart played based McDill in Tampa?.. OR at McCoy in Orlando?.


Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 13586 times:

James Stewart's character...Colonel "Dutch" Holland was based at Carswell AFB, Texas. In reality, Mister Stewart enlisted as a airman in the USAAC at the outbreak of WWII, then rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve, before retiring from the service. One helluva of an American.  Wink/being sarcastic Regards.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineTomH From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 13576 times:

Exnonrev,
Taking that a step further, we can say that nearly all ex-USAF aircraft on static display are property of the USAF Museum on loan to the display site. This issue came up when my ANG unit discovered one of its old
F-51H Mustangs was at Chanute AFB when it was about to close. We wanted to get it for display at home drome, but USAF Museum wanted it back 'cause they didn't have any of that specific Mustang type.


User currently offlineDash80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13567 times:

There used to be a B-36 static at Chanute. I remember that because my ex-wife went to tech school there and her father was a flight engineer on the B-36 at Carswell and he noticed that the B-36 on display was the primary one he flew.

Does anyone know where that B-36 went to after Chanute closed?


User currently offlineExnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 13549 times:

The Chanute RB-36H (the only surviving RB) was disassembled and moved by train to the Castle museum shortly before Chanute was closed.

Looking at the photos on the Castle museum's web site, she sure looks a lot better than she did when I visited Chanute in 1990.


User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 13541 times:

The sound you may have heard which resembled the B-36 may have come from your TV set. This past week on the AMC movie network they had the Jimmy Stewart movie Strategic Air Command which featured B-36s.

User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13530 times:

Strategic Air Command is a great movie and for those who've never seen a B36 or B47, it's a must see.

The movie (which is in color) has the most beautiful flying sequences I've ever seen.

As great as the B36 scenes are the B47 scenes. This plane is the grandfather of modern commercial airliners.



You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineTEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13529 times:

Five years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB outside Dayton Ohio, where they had on static display a surviving B-36. This aircraft length wise, I believe is a little longer than the B-52.

User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13535 times:

There is never any question about whether something is a B-36 or not. If it doesn't vibrate the house down, leave 8 contrails (the two pylon mounted jets on each wing left only one contrail) and have parts falling off of it, it isn't a B-36. The KC-97 has a similar but not as intense sound and is not similar in appearance to a B-36. Besides, I think there is only one KC-97 still flying. It was probably a B-52 at high altitude.

25 Peterba69 : As a kid I remember C-124's flying over Denver (same engines: R-4360's) and they would shake the heck out of the place. C-133's (turboprops) were even
26 FDXmech : I was watching "Planes of Fame" on Speedvision a while back. The episode was on the B36. The B36 according to POF was initially a design based on an A
27 ThirtyEcho : There was a great article in Flying a few years back called "The Big Bad B-36" that spoke of the quirks of the airplane and its history. I remember so
28 Tomh : I have had Meyer Jacobson's B-36 book for about 2 years now but haven't had time to read it. It is about the best and most comprehensive work on the B
29 Post contains links Dash 80 : The B-36 at the SAC Museum on Offutt AFB, Nebraska, was moved to the the musuem's new home, The Strategic Air and Space Museum. That brand new beautif
30 Post contains images 2912n : Hey TomH...Can you either post an email here that I can reach you at or send me one at my email? (tony2912n@hotmail.com) I have a link I want to share
31 Post contains links 2912n : Check out this photo of the XC-99. Look at the size of the landing wheel...Too heavy for most runways with this gear configuration. http://www.wpafb.a
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