User avatar
ramprat74
Posts: 1322
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 6:01 pm

Ft. Worth JRB

Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:26 am

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?


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Gary Chambers

 
NBGSkyGod
Posts: 807
Joined: Sun May 30, 2004 7:30 am

RE: Ft. Worth JRB

Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:35 am

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.
Pilots are idots, who at any given moment will attempt to kill themselves or others.
 
Tiger119
Posts: 1593
Joined: Wed Sep 10, 2003 1:52 pm

RE: Ft. Worth JRB

Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:11 pm

I thought there was a flight of B-36 Peacemakers at MacDill?
Flying is the second greatest thrill known to mankind, landing is the first!
 
tnsaf
Posts: 122
Joined: Sat Oct 30, 2004 10:58 pm

RE: Ft. Worth JRB

Wed Apr 06, 2005 10:56 am

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.
700 hours and counting...
 
User avatar
ramprat74
Posts: 1322
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 6:01 pm

RE: Ft. Worth JRB

Thu Apr 07, 2005 7:51 am

You are right. They first had two huge wheels per gear. Then they redesigned it with a bogie gear.
 
LongHorn2000
Posts: 12
Joined: Mon May 02, 2005 5:25 am

RE: Ft. Worth JRB

Fri May 06, 2005 2:23 pm

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.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: FAST Enterprise [Crawler] and 10 guests