US Air Force Museum - Cold War - Convair B-36J Peacemaker
Bill Maloney

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01 Convair B-36 Peacemaker 02 Convair B-36 Landing Gear 03 B-36 Landing Gear 04 B-36 Turbojets
05ConvairB36Peacemaker 06B36BombBay 07B36BombBay 08Mk17ThermonuclearBomb
05 Convair B-36 Peacemaker 06 B-36 BombBay 07 B-36 Bomb Bay 08 Mk-17 Thermonuclear Bomb
09MK53ThermonuclearBomb 10MK41ThermonuclearBomb 11MKVIThermonuclearBomb 12ConvairB36Peacemaker
09 MK-53 Thermonuclear Bomb 10 MK-41 Thermonuclear Bomb 11 MK-VI Thermonuclear Bomb 12 Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Convair B-36J Peacemaker Specifications:

Length: 162 feet 1 inch
230 feet
46 feet, 9 inches
Empty 171,000lbs Loaded - 410,000lbs
Max Speed: 435mph
Cruise Speed: 230mph
Range: 10,000 miles
Service Ceiling: 45,700 feet
Fuel Capacity: 30,000 gallons internal
Powerplant: Six Pratt & Whitney R-4360s radial engines 3,800 hp each, Four General Electric J-47s 5,200 lbs thrust each
 16 M24 20mm cannons in eight nose, tail and fuselage turrets
 Conventional or nuclear bomb load up to or 86,000 lbs
First Flight : August 8, 1946
Cost: $3,700,000

These photos don't really convey just how large the Convair B-36 really is. The Peacemaker is one big ass airplane!

Bob Weiss of the Historical Aircraft Preservation Project at Floyd Bennett Field, NY sent me a link to the Pima Air Museum's restoration of a Convair B-36 Peacemaker. It's really quite amazing, especially the process of aligning a couple of 20,000lb pieces of airplane so they bolt up exactly.

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