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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?

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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.
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Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:11 pm

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

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