Convair B-58 Hustler at the Pima Air and Space museum, Tuscon AZ. My favorite of the cold war SAC bombers
This is one of my favorite planes at the Museum. I drive past it now and then on the way to see friends. I also love the fact they have a Mig 29.
Great aircraft. Nice image.
the hens tooth. epic!
When I saw one at Offutt they had a ladder up and the shades open so one could see into the cockpit. Pretty tight for an intercontonental ride.
Nice camera work1 It's almost identical to the shot of the B-58 that they've used in the book "Modern Military Aircraft", written by Robert Jackson. Only that picture is from a shorter distance away.
Wish they still flew with the B-52
yeah no kidding
Cost was insane. IIRC SAC was faced with keeping one wing of these operational or 2-3 wings of B-52s. Combined with the limited operational niche and less flexibility, they ended up retired. Still a real technical achievement from the period.
Yea if only money were no object
At one point, it was no object during the Cold War. Hence the B-58 and B-70. The B-58 was evidently deemed vulnerable to SAM defenses as well-- Still debatable, I think when you're carting a weapons pod with a several megaton city-buster as well as 4 more in the later upgrades of the plane and all it would take would be a few to get through.
Yea it was made to carry the big one or multiple big ones.
Hard to get definite info online concernnig the pod warhead, but it was something like 4-9 MT.... The 4 extrenal bombs were 340kt to 1 MT.... A lot of throw weight... O.o
A quick wash and she'd look almost new!
Nice shot. They were kind of "futuristic" at the time.