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Tag: B-58 Hustler

Remembering the B-58A Hustler speed records and the 1962 Bendix Trophy
On Mar. 5, 1962, Capts. Robert G. Sowers (pilot), Robert MacDonald (navigator) and John T. Walton (defensive systems operator) flew from Los Angeles to New York City in the Hustler in only 2 hours 56.8 seconds, an average speed of 1,214.17 miles per hour. The U.S. Air Force's first operational supersonic bomber,...
Here’s why the B-58’s Tail Gun Rounds moved Backwards when They Left the Muzzle
The tail gun of the B-58 boasted many firsts for an aircraft defensive gun including the first fully automatic defensive gun fire control system The U.S. Air Force's first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. The four engine delta winged aircraft was the world’s...
Where SAC heavies were built: the story of Fort Worth "Bomber Plant"
Given that bombers were the focus in the 1940s and 1950s, the facility earned a nickname among locals that endures today: the bomber plant According to Lockheed Martin website Air Force Plant 4 began operations in west Fort Worth on Apr. 18, 1942. Construction was completed in less than a year. Noteworthy the plant required a lot of lights and air...
When the B-58 Hustler entered service in 1961 the crew members had typical ejection seats, but to improve aircrew survivability at very high speed, the Stanley Aircraft Corp. developed an ejection capsule The impressive video in this post shows Convair B-58 Hustler Ejection Capsule Test. The B-58 had been the U.S. Air Force's first operational supersonic bomber and was built in...
The B-58 Hustler was the world’s first bomber designed to sustain supersonic speeds during its mission profile Taken on Feb. 15, 1958, the impressive photo in this article features the first Convair B-58 Hustler (55-665) arriving at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) Flight Test Center (re-designated as the Air Force Test Center on Jul. 13, 2012) for Phase IV testing, after having...

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