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Unknown/Generic Undesignated (52-2827)


Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 21 Apr 18. More from their website:

Manufacturer: CONVAIR
Markings: 95th Bomb Wing, Biggs AFB, El Paso, Texas
Designation: B-36J
Serial Number: 52-2827


The B-36 is the largest bomber and the last piston engine powered bomber produced by the United States. First designed to meet a World War II requirement for a plane capable of hitting targets in Germany from bases in the United States the prototype did not fly until August 8, 1946. The development of the atomic bomb led the Air Force to conclude that it still needed a very long-range bomber capable of delivering the bombs over intercontinental ranges and production of the B-36 was continued despite the end of the war a year earlier. A total of 383 Peacemakers were built between 1947 and 1954. The era of piston engine powered bombers was coming to a quick end with the introduction of the all jet B-47 and B-52. The B-36 was the symbol of American air power in the first years of the Cold War, but even the addition of four jet engines could not bring the B-36 up to the performance standards of the newer aircraft and all of the B-36s were out of service by the first months of 1959.


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Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
I used this image with a man near the right mains so you can get an idea of the size of the bird.
distinctive PUSHER prop.<br /><br />The Convair B-36 &quot;Peacemaker&quot;[N 1] is a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated solely by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 is the largest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft ever built. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230 ft (70.1 m). The B-36 was the first bomber capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal from inside its four bomb bays without aircraft modifications. With a range of 10,000 mi (16,000 km) and a maximum payload of 87,200 lb (39,600 kg), the B-36 was capable of intercontinental flight without refuelling. <br /><br /><br />Length: 162 ft 1 in (49.42 m)<br />Wingspan: 230 ft 0 in (70.12 m)<br />Height: 46 ft 9 in (14.25 m)<br />Wing area: 4,772 ft²[79] (443.5 m²)<br />Airfoil: NACA 63(420)-422 root, NACA 63(420)-517 tip[citation needed]<br />Empty weight: 166,165 lb (75,530 kg)<br />Loaded weight: 262,500 lb[79] (119,318 kg) combat weight<br />Max. takeoff weight: 410,000 lb (186,000 kg)<br />Powerplant:<br /><br /> 4 × General Electric J47 turbojet, 5,200 lbf (23.2 kN) each<br /> 6 × Pratt &amp; Whitney R-4360-53 &quot;Wasp Major&quot; radial engine, 3,800 hp (2,835 kW) each
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks for the extra info, jobeard!
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