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B-58 Hustler
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GE J79
4x 15,600 lbs. ea.
96' 10"
56' 10"
55,560 lbs.
176,900 lbs.
1- 20 mm
95,760 lbs.
610 mph
1,325 mph
38,000 fpm
64,800 feet
4,400 miles

The B-58 Hustler, produced by Convair, became the first United States Air Force bomber to fly at supersonic speeds on December 30, 1956. The bomber was deployed from 1960 to 1970.  It set numerous world records soon after its introduction.

The B-58 Hustler carried its stores externally. This had a great effect on overall aircraft performance. Without a load the aircraft had superior speed, an excellent climb rate and good maneuverability. Hanging fuel and weapons below the fuselage and wings took away these advantages.

The B-58 Hustler was at the leading edge of technology for its time. Because of this the flight crew had to devote their full attention to aircraft systems. Particular attention had to be paid to flight trim as fuel was consumed. Flight protocols during take off and landings had to be followed rigidly or an aircraft could be lost.

B-58 Hustler technical features included double redundant flight system hydraulics, escape capsule ejection, light weight, heat disbursing fiberglass and aluminum construction, titanium fasteners, movable cones fitted to engine intakes, advanced avionics including radar targeting, navigation, and electronics counter measures.

Of the 116 B-58 Hustler bombers produced, 26 were lost. Thirty six crew members lost their lives.

Side view, McCauley and Sickels B-58 Hustler.

With its delta wing and narrow fuselage the B-58 Hustler appears to make an easy to fly radio control airplane.

Pictured above and immediately below is the beautiful B-58 Hustler scratch built by Lynn McCauley and Butch Sickels. It is 1/9 scale and has a wingspan of 78", with a 127" length. Four O.S. ducted fans are used for power. All up weight for the B-58 Hustler is about 46 lbs. and total static engine thrust is 28 lbs.

The second picture below is of the B-58 Hustler built by Larry from RC Model Maker. It is 1/24 stand-off scale with a 43” wingspan and weight of about 6.5 lbs. Power comes from four Razor 2500 motors driving WeMoTec Micro Fans.

The bottom picture is of the B-58 Hustler built from kit for sale at Park Flyer Plastics. It has a wingspan of 40" with a length of 67" and weighs about 4 lbs. Power can come from two pusher props or 55 mm ducted fans.

Jim "Texasrcflying" Caton jmcaton @ earthlink. net writes: "I have a set of hand drawn drawings I did for a B-58 Hustler. Wing spread is about 45 inches and the length is about 60 inches. That is what will fit in the back of my Explorer. I have the skeleton of the fuselage and the wings done. The B-58 Hustler is on hold presently because I am doing a Bobcat with twin EDF motors similar to what I hope will fly the B-58. Hustler. I want to complete the Bobcat as a test bed for the electric ducted fan motor set up. I should be ready for a "roll it across the garage floor" test of the rc airplane in about a week. BVM's EVF systems and turbines are out of my budget range, so I building my own EDF. I am using a Wattage power fan 400 six blade fan with a 57 mm diameter housing. I will be powering the fan with a Little Screamer electric motor from Hobby Lobby that has a Kv of 5,400. I plan to use a LiPo 3 cell at 2100 mAh or more. The battery size will be determined by weight as I get to that point. Each motor for the B-58 Hustler will have its own battery and ESC.  If this setup flies the Bobcat at 5 pounds, then the B-58 Hustler will become my top priority. This is a quick bit of information. I would love to hear from someone interested in the project. I know I will have lots of questions if I get to go on with the project. Thanks, Jim "Texasrcflying" Caton"

We received the following from Volker ([email protected]): "Hi friends. For years I am planning to realize a B-58 Hustler model of this beauty; well it will probably take another few years before it will get off the ground. Since also for me small turbines are financially out of reach I will go for ducted fans as well.  My B-58 Hustler will have some 133 cm (52.36 inch) wingspan and 230 cm (90.55 inch) fuselage length. There's a very interesting fan with 60 mm diameter available from Scorpio / Italy which is to be mounted at the rear of the engine nacelles, quite an advantage compared to standard front mounted fans. This company is selling a Swedish Saab Gripen rc airplane with this fan, meaning that this long section in front of the fan should be no problem.  For my B-58 Hustler I will go for the Fantex 4xx model. There are many others, selling this fan unit."

Volker - thank you for your email and good luck on your B-58 Hustler project. Volker would appreciate anyone out there with experience building a B-58 Hustler to contact him.

If anyone knows of any other B-58 Hustler, please email us.

B-58 Hustler built by McCauley and Sickles.

B-58 Hustler by RC Model Maker.

Park Flyer Plastics B-58 Hustler.