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The Convair B-36, known as the Peacemaker, is the largest ever United States bomber. The aircraft only saw service after World War II.
The Convair B-36 was powered by six 28-cylinder radial engines and four turbojet engines. It had a total wing area of 4,772 sq. ft.
In flight engine access was through the 7' 6" thick wing.
The Convair B-36 had four bomb bays with a total capacity of 86,000 lbs. of ordnance.
Crew access from front to rear of the aircraft was via a rolling trolley through an 80 foot long mid-fuselage tunnel.
Only three runways in the United States were strong enough to handle the maximum takeoff weight of the Convair B-36 when it first flew on Aug. 8, 1948.
In April of 1941 the U.S. Army Air Corps proposes a heavy bomber capable of flying non stop missions in to Central Europe from bases in the United States. In response, on Aug. 8, 1946 the Convair B-36 took to the sky for the first time.
In January of 1948 the mission of the aircraft was modified to include the delivery of nuclear weapons.
Convair B-36 aircraft were operationally deployed for the first time in June of 1948.
On Dec. 8, 1948 a B-36 flew 9,400 miles non-stop without refueling.
Modifications on the fleet commenced in February of 1954 in order to increase range through aircraft weight reduction and increased fuel capacity.
In June of 1958 the last Convair B-36 was withdrawn from deployment, replaced by jet aircraft.
A total of 384 of the aircraft were produced between 1946 and 1954 when production commenced on jet powered aircraft. Although the Convair B-36 flew during the Korean War, it did not participate in the war or any other combat action.
The last time the Convair B-36 took to the sky was on a April 30, 1959 flight from Davis-Montham AFB, AZ to be displayed at the Wright Field USAF Museum.
The Convair B-36 built by Carl Bachhuber.
We received the following email from master craftsman Carl Bachhuber:
"Since you guys are using quite a few of my rc airplanes I thought I'd tell you about one just finished; a Convair B-36. The plane is a 1/12th scale with a 230" wingspan powered by 6 Zenoah G-26's. The engines have propeller shaft extensions and landing gears made by my good friend Bob Walker. The beast weighs about 98 pounds and if things work out should make several appearances at fly ins around the country this year. Actually, it might be easier for you to go to my website and take a look.
So far it has 10 flights. http://www.carlb-rcplanes.com/ ."
Carl's magnificent Convair B-36 can be seen in the pictures immediately above and below.
Pictured next below is the Convair B-36 scratch built by Roger Layton. Roger powers it with six OS Max .61 engines. It has a 193" wingspan, and a 135" length.
John Consodine scratch built the 110" wing span Convair B-36 in the second picture below. John's model is driven by six geared speed 400 motors.
In the third picture below Rich Jennings and Michael Brown are shown with the Convair B-36 that they built. Its construction is mostly from foam. Wingspan is 10' 8", with a weight of about 36 lbs. Power comes from six Scorpion motors.
We received the following from Joe Murray, phone: 614 554-7924, [email protected]:"Attached are pictures of my recently acquired Convair B-36. It was built in 1952 by a 28 year old aeronautical engineer from Indianapolis named Jim Pappas. Mr. Papps left no stone unturned...the build is phenomenal, the attention to detail amazing ! The Convair B-36 is nearly 19' long with a just over 26' wingspan, over 5' tall at the vertical stabilizer, and with engines around 300 lbs. I do not think it was ever flown, as there doesn't appear to have ever been any canopy or greenhouse glass. Anyway, it took a 17' U-haul to get her home. I now have my Convair B-36 partially restored and for sale on Ebay, Item # 250748094227 if any of the Convair B-36 guys are interested. I want it to go to a good home!"
You can find Joe's Convair B-36 in the fifth and sixth pictures below.
We received the following email:
"RE: 257" Convair B-36. Attached is a picture of me and my Convair B-36 plane project. Here are some specs: Wingspan-257", Length-186", Weight-95 pounds, Power-Hacker Electric Motors, Props-20-14 3 Blade, Servos-48, Batteries-16, Receivers-4, Air Systems-10 (2 per main gear, 2 per nose gear, 2 for brakes, and 2 for main gear doors), Wire-340+ feet, Air hose-210+ feet, Design time-9 years, Build time to date-15 months.
I do have a thread of the Convair B-36 with over 530,000 views, over 5,000 post, and over 2000 pictures of the build:
Damon Atwood, Fishers, Indiana ([email protected])"
Thank you Damon. We wish you success with your Convair B-36 and are looking forward to see the completed model fly. Damon and his project are shown in the bottom picture on this page.
If you are a Convair B-36 fan and haven't been there already, we highly recommend that you check out B-36.net. They have pictures and a description of a 228" wingspan Convair B-36 scratch built by James Anderson. It has six engines producing a total of 30 h.p. powering the approximately 100 lb. scale rc model. It was still being completed as of the last posting on 3/14/04.
The site also mentions a Convair B-36 by Ken Duffey and the Evergreen RC Modelers. However the links were broken and we could not find any information about them.
One Convair B-36 that is flying can be found at Hobby City Models in New Zealand. It is designed by Daroish Kraidy and has a 9.8 foot long wingspan and a 8.2 foot fuselage length. Power is by six geared Speed 480 motors. Weight is around 12 lbs.
If you know of another Convair B-36, please tell us.