B-36 Peacemaker at Castle AFB discussion
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.gearthhacks.com/dlfile27303/B-36-Peacemaker-at-Castle-AFB.htm>B-36 Peacemaker at Castle AFB</a></b><br><br>The Convair B-36 was a strategic bomber built by Convair for the United States Air Force, the first operational bomber to truly have intercontinental range. Unofficially nicknamed the “Peacemaker,” the B-36 was the first thermonuclear weapon delivery vehicle. It was the largest piston engined aircraft ever to be mass-produced. The B-36 was also the largest combat aircraft ever built, although there have been larger military transports. With a range of over 6,000 miles and a maximum payload over 72,000 lbs, it set the benchmark for subsequent US long range bombers still in service such as the B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer.<br><br><img src=http://www.gearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/2567351.jpg>
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker Serial:51-13730/S
The B-36 on display at Castle Air Museum is one of only four B-36 aircraft remaining and the only reconnaissance version. It served with the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Rapid City Air Force Base, South Dakota (Ellsworth AFB after June 1953) from 1952 to 1957. In 1957, it was sent to Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. There it served as a ground instructional airframe and finally was part of Chanute's Air Museum. It was brought to Castle in 167 pieces, requiring 11 flatbed railway cars to move it.