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heavy bomber
P&W R-4360-53
6 x 3,800 hp. ea.
GE J-47
4 x 5,200 lbs. ea.
171,000 lbs.
410,000 lbs.
86,000 lbs.
225,105 lbs.
16- 20 mm
162 ft. 1 in.
230 ft.
232 mph
435 mph
2,250 fpm
40,700 feet
6,800 miles



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In June of 1958 the last B-36 was withdrawn from deployment, replaced by jet aircraft.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)

RC Convair-B-36

B-36 – Joe Murray (see comments)

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B-36 – Damon Atwood (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.

6 thoughts on “B-36”

  1. Since you guys are using quite a few of my airplanes I thought I’d tell you about one just finished; a B-36. The plane is a 1/12th scale with a 230 in. 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… carlb-rcplanes. com

  2. Master builder Carl Bachhuber’s magnificent Convair B-36 can be seen pictured above. Thank you Carl.

  3. Attached is a picture of my recently acquired 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 B-36 is nearly 19 ft. long with a just over 26 ft. wingspan, over 5 ft. 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 ft. U-haul to get her home. I now have my B-36 partially restored and for sale on Ebay, Item # 250748094227 if any of the B-36r guys are interested. I want it to go to a good home!

  4. RE: 257 in. B-36. Attached is a picture of me and my B-36 plane project. Here are some specs: Wingspan-257 in., Length-186 in., 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+ ft., Air hose-210+ ft., Design time-9 years, Build time to date-15 months.
    I do have a thread of the B-36 with over 530,000 views, over 5,000 post, and over 2000 pictures of the build: rcgroups. com/forums/showthread.php?t=933242

  5. Thank you Damon. We wish you success with your B-36 project. Damon and his project are shown in the picture immediately abovd.

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