B-36 Peacemaker

The unnerving mission of a B-36 mechanic: hours spent waiting in the wings of a Peacemaker to Maintain the Engines in Flight

The unnerving mission of a B-36 mechanic: hours spent waiting in the wings of a Peacemaker to Maintain the Engines in Flight

The B-36 Peacemaker mechanic Responding to the US Army Air Forces' requirement for a strategic bomber with intercontinental range, Consolidated… Read More

3 weeks ago

Naval Flight Officer explains why the US Navy doesn’t use jet seaplanes like the Martin P6M SeaMaster

The Martin P6M SeaMaster The Martin P6M SeaMaster jet seaplane was an experimental strategic bomber flying boat developed and built… Read More

3 months ago

Six Turning, Four Burning: The story of how the Iconic B-36 Peacemaker got the Jet Engines

The Peacemaker Conceived during 1941 in case Germany occupied Britain, when US bombers would then have insufficient range to retaliate,… Read More

4 months ago

Watch this clip of a USAF B-29 dropping the VB-13 Tarzon bomb, the American guided variant of the British 12,000-pound Tall Boy

The B-29 Superfortress Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29 made its… Read More

5 months ago

Epic video shows B-36 takeoff and landing in James Stewart’s Strategic Air Command Re-edited in 4 K

Strategic Air Command movie The cool video in this post shows some neat clips of the awesome Convair B-36 strategic bomber taking… Read More

7 months ago

Two B-47 Stratojets attached to a B-36 Peacemaker: The B-36/B-47 Wing Tip-Tow that Never Was

Parasite fighters In the summer of 1943, the US began building up its heavy bomber forces in Europe at a… Read More

7 months ago

The story of how the B-36 Peacemaker bomber was able to survive to five cancellation attempts during its career

In early 1949, the B-36’s future was highly questionable but although the Peacemaker’s ability to evade enemy fighters, the Air… Read More

10 months ago

The story of the Tornado that hit Carswell AFB and damaged two-thirds of SAC’s B-36 Peacemaker Force

The B-36 Peacemaker The B-36 was first conceived in 1941 as a transatlantic bomber to strike Europe from bases in… Read More

11 months ago

Cool footage shows B-36 takeoff and landing in James Stewart’s Strategic Air Command Re-edited in 4 K

The cool video in this post shows some neat clips of the awesome Convair B-36 strategic bomber taking off and… Read More

1 year ago

Did you know the B-36 Checklist lasted Six Hours (with another hour for a preflight check of 600 items)? The Shortest Checklist is instead that of the T-38 Trainer.

How many items are on a pilot checklist? In aviation, a preflight checklist is a list of tasks that should… Read More

2 years ago

The B-36 Peacemaker was so Huge that it transported the XB-58 Hustler prototype

Thanks to the massive B-36, Convair easily transported the XB-58 prototype by air from Ft. Worth TX to Wright-Patterson Air… Read More

2 years ago

RB-36 Crew Member recalls when his Peacemaker Pilot did a Chandelle Maneuver on Takeoff during an Airshow and, on a separate occasion, did an Emergency Landing with a Loose Flap

‘During my three years at Ellsworth Air Force Ease I had two events that I call outstanding,’ A/1C Ralph Whitaker… Read More

2 years ago

The B-36 Peacemaker was so Huge that Catwalks were placed inside its Wings so that Mechanics could Maintain the Engines in Flight

Much was made of the fact that the wing of the B-36 Peacemaker was deep enough to allow engineers to… Read More

2 years ago

After a Nuclear Weapon Test a B-36 was So Radioactive that it had to be Parked Away from other Peacemaker Bombers at Carswell AFB. It was Scrapped a year later.

When the ‘effects’ B-36D conducted the first test (the Mike shot on Oct. 31, 1952, using a Mk 5 thermonuclear… Read More

2 years ago

In the 1950s Someone Thought to Attach two B-47 Stratojets to a B-36 Peacemaker: The Story of the B-36/B-47 Wing Tip-Tow that Never Was

Whoever thought that attaching two B-47s to a B-36 was a good idea is a detail that seems to have… Read More

2 years ago

The story of when the Convair XB-36 Peacemaker was fitted with Track-Type Landing Gear to operate from Arctic Staging Bases

In June 1948, the XB-36 briefly became a training aid for SAC, which was expecting its first production B-36A for… Read More

2 years ago

Both B-36 and Concorde Flight Engineer stations had a lot of buttons, dials, and switches. But only that of the Peacemaker had levers. Here’s why.

In earlier days, most larger (both military and civil) aircraft were designed and built with a flight engineer's position. A… Read More

2 years ago