I can't believe this thread is still open for reply! I just ran across mention of the XC-99 today while I was checking on something else; spent half the afternoon reading about it on 4 or 5 different web sites.
First of all, much has changed since the above posts were made; yes, the A/C that used to be at Kelly AFB is the same A/C that was dis-assembled and flown to Wright-Patterson in a C-5A
; yes, there was a plan to restore it; actually, some of the work was even completed. But apparently, some time in the past few years, the "plan" fell through. Even then they were still intending to restore the thing, but the parts that were sitting outside in the weather for a few years at Wright-Pat were getting in progressively worse condition because of corrosion, so they flew all of those parts to Davis-Monthan in Arizona so they could at least store them under much more favorable climatic conditions.
After that, from what I could gather, the whole effort became, I guess you could say, "FUBAR". It was an incredibly interesting thing to read about, mainly because having grown up quite close to Wright-Pat, I had been lucky enough to have seen the B-36 airborne on several occasions. ( but I had never heard about the XC-99, which, as "Broke" (in reply #4) correctly states, it's not a "modified" B-36, but rather a whole new airplane that used many of the B-36's parts.)
Before I stumbled onto the piece about the XC-99, we had spent an hour or more taking the "virtual tour" of the B-36 that they have at the AF
Museum; ( yeah, I know all about the new "big" name, but I have been going to the place ever since they first started it "up the road" at "old" Patterson Field. ) When you have called something by the same name for "that" long, and when you're as old as I am, you're much less inclined to worry about "big long fancy new names" and keep on calling the place the same thing you always have. ( So sue me! )
If anyone reading this is interested in what the inside of a B-36 looks like, you really will be amazed ! I first heard about all of this about a month ago, when I took a "screen shot" of the flight deck of the Museum's B-29; they said then that it was a "work in progress"...........it has "progressed" a hell of a lot since then ! It's almost like actually being in the airplane; you just keep moving the mouse and "scrolling", and you can look in any direction, even up or down; I only picked the B-36 to look through, but there were a couple of dozen other A/C that have been added to the "virtual tour" since I first ran across it, plus it's the first time I had EVER heard about the XC-99. ( Still can't figure that one out...)
Now that I found this thread still open I guess maybe I should start a new thread just to get people to find this one.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein