YouTube – B-36
6 x 3,800 hp. ea.
4 x 5,200 lbs. ea.
16- 20 mm
162 ft. 1 in.
The B-36, produced by Convair and known as the Peacemaker, is the largest ever United States bomber. The aircraft saw service after World War Two.
It 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 ft. 6 in. thick wing.
The B-36 had four bomb bays. It had 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 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 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.
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In June of 1958 the last B-36 was withdrawn from deployment, replaced by jet aircraft.
A total of 384 B-36 aircraft were produced between 1946 and 1954 when production commenced on jet powered aircraft. Although the bomber flew during the Korean War, it did not participate in the war or any other combat action.
The last time the 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.
B-36 – Carl Bachhuber (see comments)
B-36 – Joe Murray (see comments)
If you are a 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 in. wingspan 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.
The site also mentions a 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 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.