Aviation History

“SIX TURNING, FOUR BURNING:” WATCH THIS INTERESTING FOOTAGE AND LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE GIGANTIC B-36

Although never used in combat, the B-36 was a major deterrent to enemy aggression

The interesting clip in this post gives you the chance to learn something about the gigantic B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber.

Born in response to the U.S. Army Air Forces’ (USAAF) requirement for a strategic bomber with intercontinental range, the Consolidated Vultee (later Convair) B-36 was designed during World War II, performed its maiden flight in Aug. 1946, and in Jun. 1948 the first operational B-36 was delivered to Strategic Air Command (SAC).

Actually several B-36s served as photographic reconnaissance aircraft, and others were adapted to launch and retrieve specially modified RF-84F/K reconnaissance planes.

Powered by six Pratt & Whitney R-4360 engines, the B-36J cruised at 230 mph, but for additional bursts of speed its four General Electric J47s increased the maximum speed to 435 mph (hence aircraft’s slogan “six turning, four burning”).

The Peacemaker could carry 86,000 pounds of nuclear or conventional bombs.

When production ended in Aug. 1954, more than 380 B-36s had been built for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and in 1958-1959, the service replaced the B-36 with the all-jet B-52. Although never used in combat, the B-36 was a major deterrent to enemy aggression.

Source U.S. Air Force

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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