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Chevan
10-08-2007, 04:51 AM
Hello folks.
We have so much times discussed this monstrous airplain in the different thread - i think we need the separate thread for this.
One of the biggest military/transport aircraft
Just look for the childish B-29 near the B-36
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fd/B-29_and_B-36.jpg/797px-B-29_and_B-36.jpg
The B-36D modification had a 10 engines ( 6 pistons and 4 turbo-jet).
BTW it comes to the service only in the 1949.When the soviets was already developing the mig-17 that could theretically reached the B-36.
IMO the real military work was limited mostly for the photo-Reconnaissance (RB-36).
The relatively short period of the mass production 1949-1954 prowed the fact that the B-36 was unable to make its work in the new Jet Fighters era. This was a super-expensive but useless toy in period of cold war.
But it look so great and......exclusive;)
i like it.

Firefly
10-08-2007, 05:41 AM
http://www.air-and-space.com/b-36%20links.htm

A true Cold War Monster.

mike M.
10-11-2007, 10:04 AM
......

Firefly
10-11-2007, 04:24 PM
Yep, good movie, though maybe the cast was wrong, I dont know. Didnt Stewart fly in Bombers in WW2?

Nickdfresh
10-11-2007, 05:00 PM
Yep, good movie, though maybe the cast was wrong, I dont know. Didnt Stewart fly in Bombers in WW2?

Yup! He was a B-26 Marauder pilot on the ETO...

Nickdfresh
10-11-2007, 05:01 PM
Excellent thread Chevan...

pdf27
10-11-2007, 05:38 PM
Yup! He was a B-26 Marauder pilot on the ETO...
He even flew several missions over North Vietnam in B-52s.....

Nickdfresh
10-11-2007, 06:39 PM
He even flew several missions over North Vietnam in B-52s.....

Yup. He was in fact a career Air Force Reserve officer...

Chevan
10-12-2007, 07:27 AM
http://warplane.ru/plane/b36/pic/b36j_01.jpg
http://warplane.ru/plane/b36/pic/b36j_02.jpg

The modification B-36D with additional 2x2 turbojet engeens Allison J45.( first flyight 1949).
The service selling was 12 162 m.
BTW this was lower then maximal altitude of the Mig-15 ( 15 000 m).
The ONLY later modification B-36J-III was able to reach the 15 000 in the 1953 However in this time the Mig-17 was ready for the combat misssions.
So as we could see neither B-36D nor B-36J was not unattainable for the Soviet aviation teoretically.

Cheers.

pdf27
10-12-2007, 03:15 PM
Ummm.... don't put too much faith in the official performance figures is all I'll say to that one. I've seen far too many accounts of B-36s penetrating Soviet airspace on recon flights and too few accounts of them being shot down (rather a lot of other aircraft types were) to believe that. Either the B-36 was considered too vulnerable to try (unlikely as it was pretty much the entire US deterrent force at the time and was apparently considered satisfactory - and also that they sent in far lower performance aircraft like B-29s) or it was pretty safe from the defences.

Firefly
10-12-2007, 03:51 PM
Of course the contrary may be true as well. Mind you the US always ran a fine line in the risk business during the Cold War. The B-47 was the better operator I think. Also thats why the US developed a recce B-57.

lopie
03-17-2014, 02:57 PM
The B-47 has its bulnerabitities as shown in the unclassified document from Balistic Research Laboratories (www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA304469 ).
That is the reason why it was discontinued. The new B-57 wasnt perfect but much of the problems its predecessor had were fixed.
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