B-58 Hustler

The Convair Water-Based B-58: the story of the Hustler seaplane strategic bomber that never was

The Convair Water-Based B-58: the story of the Hustler seaplane strategic bomber that never was

The Hustler The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In addition… Read More

14 hours ago

B-58 navigator recalls doing more bomb runs than anyone in the Hustler on one mission, being on nuclear alert during Cuban Missile Crisis

The B-58 Hustler The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In… Read More

1 month ago

B-58 navigator recalls his pilot turning in his wings after their Hustler went in a nose-high stall during a night training Mach 2 bomb run over Dallas

The B-58 Hustler The US Air Force’s first operational supersonic bomber, the B-58 made its initial flight on Nov. 11, 1956. In… Read More

2 months ago

B-58 Attrition: was the Hustler’s High Accident Rate the Reason for its Early Withdrawal?

The B-58 Hustler The B-58 Hustler 4-engined delta wing bomber came into service with the US Air Force (USAF) Strategic… Read More

6 months ago

F-102 Vs B-58: former Deuce driver explains why no fighter aircraft could catch a Hustler supersonic bomber

‘It was a wonder to watch in our radar scopes what they were able to do to us. Their favourite… Read More

1 year 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

The B-58 Mach 2 bomber was Sexy, but Hard to Fly. Here’s why the Hustler was one of the most controversial designs in history of aviation.

Although the B-58 had its issues pilots and crews were in awe of it. Flying the Hustler was the pinnacle… Read More

3 years ago

Electric Hustlers and the B-58A’s only Flight over Cuba during the Missile Crisis

Ironically, the B-58A's only operational strategic mission in a conflict situation was a Quick Check reconnaissance flight by aircraft 55-0668… Read More

5 years ago

Convair Wanted to Transform the B-58 into a Supersonic Airliner. And to Store 5 Passengers in Hustler’s MB-1C Pod.

Although it did not propose a large SST of the size that Lockheed and North American were studying, Convair suggested… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

7 years ago

IMPRESSIVE VIDEO SHOWS B-58 HUSTLER EJECTION CAPSULE TEST

When the B-58 Hustler entered service in 1961 the crew members had typical ejection seats, but to improve aircrew survivability… Read More

7 years ago

INTERESTING PHOTO SHOWS THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST B-58 HUSTLER SUPERSONIC BOMBER AT EDWARDS AFB FLIGHT TEST CENTER

The B-58 Hustler was the world’s first bomber designed to sustain supersonic speeds during its mission profile Taken on Feb. 15,… Read More

7 years ago