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B-36 Peacemaker

Thu Jun 10, 2004 1:28 pm

Question on the B-36:

How many were built with just the 6 radials, and then how many were built with the 6 radials, plus the four jets? These are hard to find information on. The best footage/glimpse of these aircraft is through the movie Strategic Air Command, with Jimmy Stewart. A Great film too. B-36 beautiful airplane.
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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Thu Jun 10, 2004 7:53 pm

Wish I had more information for you, other than a post about how cool this airplane was.

I did know a MX guy who used to work on the years ago. Told me it took forever to change the spark plugs on a B-36.
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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Fri Jun 11, 2004 12:56 am

There were 385 B-36s in all assembled. If Broke sees this thread, he may have a more detailed answer for you. Meantime, I'll do some research on how many were retrofitted with the jet engines. Regards.
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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Fri Jun 11, 2004 1:25 am

You have to check out Dennis R. Jenkins new book about the airplane. It's published by Schiffer Military History, and I've seen it sold in many bookstores. I've loaned it out to someone, or I'd quote the figures you've asked for. If you like the airplane, this book is a MUST!!!!
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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Fri Jun 11, 2004 1:37 am

A piece of trivia here, but the jet engine/pylon assembly is from the B-47, with an extra strut inboard. It is amazing how much airframe design has evolved in the past 60 years. Every time I look at how thick the wing and tailplanes are on th B-36, I think "What a waste". It really could have been much faster without the jets.

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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Fri Jun 11, 2004 6:12 am

Thanks for the info guys. I'll have to look into those books.
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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Sat Jun 12, 2004 12:43 am

I've been lucky enough to have some real magic moments with airplanes, including a ride in a P-51, seeing a flying wing (B-35 probably) seeing the XB-70 in flight, having Concorde and SR-71s go by below me and more. But one of the great ones was in Northern California in about 1952 when a huge formation of B-36s flew south, down the coast and right over our house at low altitude.

We heard them coming for a minute or so, and had time to run outside. They were in V-of-3, twelve in all, for a total of 36 aircraft. The sound was knock-you-to-the-ground amazing. We stared at them until they disappeared over the horizon and stared at the smoke trail until that went away. The first time I heard the phrase "aluminum overcast" this was the first thing I thought of.

I believe that the B-36 had some high altitude performance that was not equalled for some time. Stupendous airplane and probably the reason I still have really big airplane dreams.

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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Sat Jun 12, 2004 6:31 am

Found a great page on the B-36.

Contained within is a page describing the damage to about 2/3 of the B-36 fleet from a tornado at Carswell AFB 9-1-52

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RE: B-36 Peacemaker

Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:43 am

I envy you!! That was 941,760 Cu. in of fire-breathin' P&W over you head!! Wotta sight and sound that musta been!!!!
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