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Posted: 1/23/2015 11:36:22 PM EDT
When things were bigger simpler

Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:36:54 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:37:02 PM EDT
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The JSF of its day, and more useless.
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:38:44 PM EDT
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Six turnin', four burnin'.
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:40:00 PM EDT
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There is nothing simple about that beast.... I pity the poor mechanics that had to keep it running
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Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:40:49 PM EDT
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Oh I agree

but just on a holy fuck it actually flys aspect pretty cool
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:41:17 PM EDT
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My father in law (rest easy, dad) flew on one. He did ECM - rudimentary as it was back then.
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:42:04 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:42:16 PM EDT
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My father flew on those as a flight engineer.


Lots o time fixing planes on the ground after a flight.
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:45:04 PM EDT
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Ah, engine fires.  "Two turning, two burning, two smoking, two choking, and two more unaccounted for."
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:47:25 PM EDT
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I've read that the 4360 Wasp Major was prone to "eating" spark plugs

also while as cool as ten engines sounds, checking and servicing oil on six props and four jets had to have sucked
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:48:34 PM EDT
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Ah, engine fires.
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Ah, engine fires.


Yeah. It was a rare flight when my FIL's plane returned with all engines operable.
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Yeah. It was a rare flight when my FIL's plane returned with all engines operable.
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Six turnin', four burnin'.


Ah, engine fires.


Yeah. It was a rare flight when my FIL's plane returned with all engines operable.



My dad said they sometimes departed with a bad engine and theyimmediately feathered the prop once they left the groutd
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:55:28 PM EDT
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Since she took off from one continent to another for a mission, she had 6ft thick wings.

So crew could work on engine while in flight.

6 fucking feet thick!!
Link Posted: 1/23/2015 11:57:00 PM EDT
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FIL was a flight mechanic on these. Good stories.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:00:49 AM EDT
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So crew could work on engine while in flight.

6 fucking feet thick!!
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Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:06:47 AM EDT
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Since she took off from one continent to another for a mission, she had 6ft thick wings.

So crew could work on engine while in flight.

6 fucking feet thick!!


http://i.imgur.com/dc2o23F.jpg


that is a pretty cool pic

sixteen 20mm cannons, twelve of which were in retractable turrets is really cool
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:10:13 AM EDT
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My Dad turned wrenches on them.   He was in from 1950-1954.    He loved that plane, worked his ass off on it to keep it flying, was proud to be part of something great.......Strategic Air Command.  

He always said the worse feeling in the world was watching the plane taxi out, the flight engineer would go thru the runup, and then the plane taxxied back in.   They had so much pride in his outfit, taking care of a big plane like that, that seeing it taxi back in, you'd felt like a dump truck ran you over.  

He often said serving in the Air Force and being part of something great was an experience he never forgot, and looked back on those days with fond memories.  

My Dad........the most awesome man I ever knew.  From fixing planes to cars to building his own house, and to helping me math, he did it all.    
1932-2005



Here he is with my oldest daughter, who is now 20 and fixes electronic stuff on P3 Orions in the Navy.   So proud of her.  

Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:14:31 AM EDT
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My Dad turned wrenches on them.   He was in from 1950-1954.    He loved that plane, worked his ass off on it to keep it flying, was proud to be part of something great.......Strategic Air Command.  

He always said the worse feeling in the world was watching the plane taxi out, the flight engineer would go thru the runup, and then the plane taxxied back in.   They had so much pride in his outfit, taking care of a big plane like that, that seeing it taxi back in, you'd felt like a dump truck ran you over.  

He often said serving in the Air Force and being part of something great was an experience he never forgot, and looked back on those days with fond memories.  

My Dad........the most awesome man I ever knew.  From fixing planes to cars to building his own house, and to helping me math, he did it all.    
1932-2005

<a href="http://s280.photobucket.com/user/vmax84/media/scan0001r_zpsif9l85v9.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/scan0001r_zpsif9l85v9.jpg</a>

Here he is with my oldest daughter, who is now 20 and fixes electronic stuff on P3 Orions in the Navy.   So proud of her.  

<a href="http://s280.photobucket.com/user/vmax84/media/IMGP6153r_zpsrflqkhcy.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/IMGP6153r_zpsrflqkhcy.jpg</a>
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Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:17:06 AM EDT
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My Uncle was a B-36 Crew Chief, great bird.

Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:19:49 AM EDT
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Same with my FIL Vmax. He was so proud of his service. If I get a chance I will post a pic of him at Wright Patterson by their B36.

When we got to the Peacemaker his eyes lit up and he was 50 years younger. I was happy to have driven with him to Wright-Pat.

And now it's dusty in here.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:31:21 AM EDT
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My Dad turned wrenches on them.   He was in from 1950-1954.    He loved that plane, worked his ass off on it to keep it flying, was proud to be part of something great.......Strategic Air Command.  

He always said the worse feeling in the world was watching the plane taxi out, the flight engineer would go thru the runup, and then the plane taxxied back in.   They had so much pride in his outfit, taking care of a big plane like that, that seeing it taxi back in, you'd felt like a dump truck ran you over.  

He often said serving in the Air Force and being part of something great was an experience he never forgot, and looked back on those days with fond memories.  

My Dad........the most awesome man I ever knew.  From fixing planes to cars to building his own house, and to helping me math, he did it all.    
1932-2005

<a href="http://s280.photobucket.com/user/vmax84/media/scan0001r_zpsif9l85v9.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/scan0001r_zpsif9l85v9.jpg</a>

Here he is with my oldest daughter, who is now 20 and fixes electronic stuff on P3 Orions in the Navy.   So proud of her.  

<a href="http://s280.photobucket.com/user/vmax84/media/IMGP6153r_zpsrflqkhcy.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/IMGP6153r_zpsrflqkhcy.jpg</a>
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 Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:32:46 AM EDT
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Since she took off from one continent to another for a mission, she had 6ft thick wings.

So crew could work on engine while in flight.

6 fucking feet thick!!


http://i.imgur.com/dc2o23F.jpg


Damn, how fucking loud must it have been in that wing!
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:35:24 AM EDT
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My Dad turned wrenches on them.   He was in from 1950-1954.    He loved that plane, worked his ass off on it to keep it flying, was proud to be part of something great.......Strategic Air Command.  



He always said the worse feeling in the world was watching the plane taxi out, the flight engineer would go thru the runup, and then the plane taxxied back in.   They had so much pride in his outfit, taking care of a big plane like that, that seeing it taxi back in, you'd felt like a dump truck ran you over.  



He often said serving in the Air Force and being part of something great was an experience he never forgot, and looked back on those days with fond memories.  



My Dad........the most awesome man I ever knew.  From fixing planes to cars to building his own house, and to helping me math, he did it all.    

1932-2005



http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/scan0001r_zpsif9l85v9.jpg



Here he is with my oldest daughter, who is now 20 and fixes electronic stuff on P3 Orions in the Navy.   So proud of her.  



http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/IMGP6153r_zpsrflqkhcy.jpg
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What a great family legacy. Thanks for sharing.

 
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:39:02 AM EDT
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After seeing Strategic Air Command as a kid the B-36 became and has always been one of my favorite aircraft. The fact that my dad was an officer in SAC helped.

I would hand over a great deal of cash to watch a B-36 do a flight demo. Growing up on SAC bases I got to see a lot of cool aircraft but the 36 was way before my time.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:42:28 AM EDT
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I watched some Jimmy Stewart movie that had them in it . I watched just for the planes
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 12:46:34 AM EDT
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My dad was about 10 and at a playground when he first saw one fly over. It was so weird-looking, he was sure it was a Russian bomber and that the invasion was on. He eventually wound up in SAC and worked on B-52s in the early 60s, but the B-36 was always his favorite.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:07:08 AM EDT
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I was born on Mather AFB when they had B36's there.  My dad was stationed there during Korea.  My mom said she and my dad would sit at the end of the runway and watch the 36's fly over them on final approach to touchdown for the thrill of seeing that monster come in.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:11:39 AM EDT
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Dis thread is needings of more SAC sexiness....





































And a little extra. The first Nuclear-powered airplane....




Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:14:33 AM EDT
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Some more atomic powered goodness....










































Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:17:14 AM EDT
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America FUCK YEAH !!!!

Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:19:04 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:20:02 AM EDT
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And ....
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:24:47 AM EDT
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Main Gear wheels are huge and weigh an astonishing amount. 8' & 5000lbs if I remember
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Hardly useless.  It was a deterrent and it served that role well. Not even comparable to the JSF except that both are aircraft.




 


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My Dad turned wrenches on them.   He was in from 1950-1954.    He loved that plane, worked his ass off on it to keep it flying, was proud to be part of something great.......Strategic Air Command.  

He always said the worse feeling in the world was watching the plane taxi out, the flight engineer would go thru the runup, and then the plane taxxied back in.   They had so much pride in his outfit, taking care of a big plane like that, that seeing it taxi back in, you'd felt like a dump truck ran you over.  

He often said serving in the Air Force and being part of something great was an experience he never forgot, and looked back on those days with fond memories.  

My Dad........the most awesome man I ever knew.  From fixing planes to cars to building his own house, and to helping me math, he did it all.    
1932-2005

<a href="http://s280.photobucket.com/user/vmax84/media/scan0001r_zpsif9l85v9.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/scan0001r_zpsif9l85v9.jpg</a>

Here he is with my oldest daughter, who is now 20 and fixes electronic stuff on P3 Orions in the Navy.   So proud of her.  

<a href="http://s280.photobucket.com/user/vmax84/media/IMGP6153r_zpsrflqkhcy.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk180/vmax84/IMGP6153r_zpsrflqkhcy.jpg</a>


Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:28:54 AM EDT
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Main Gear wheels are huge and weigh an astonishing amount. 8' & 5000lbs if I remember
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The original main gear were single wheel/ tire per side.  Tires were 36" wide and 110" high.  Changed to the setup with 4 per side due to lack of airfields built that could handle the stress of the single tires.










 
 
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:29:05 AM EDT
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When I was a kid in the early '50s, I saw one fly over our home in Nashville. It was a rare sight even then, and something I'll always remember. Awesome airplane!
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:34:02 AM EDT
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Another piece of trivia - they built an aerial camera for this thing.  Called the Boston Camera.  Impressive.  Seeing "a golf ball from an altitude of 45,000 feet" impressive.













 
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General Stewart approves.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:50:16 AM EDT
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Because of the weight loading due to the single huge wheel and small contact area, there were only 3 runways in the USA at the time that could handle the original B-36

The Airforce experimented with a number of different landing gear options for the B-36, including the "dread tread"...



It was an amazing aircraft for it's design conception in the early 40s to be able to fly intercontinental distances with a huge war load and return to the USA...   WITHOUT any inflight refueling!!

Many people don't know that due to its low wing loading, the B-36 could fly higher and was much more maneverable at high altitude than many early jet fighters that could not reach the B-36 at it's high altitude cruise...

BIGGER_HAMMER

Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:51:36 AM EDT
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Hardly useless.  It was a deterrent and it served that role well. Not even comparable to the JSF except that both are aircraft.

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The -36 was obsolete at IOC. Deterrence? I guess you live in a Spock universe where communist aggression, including major combat operations, didn't occur in Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, the RP and Africa.

It's nice to see Massive Retaliation proponents still out there.
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:52:39 AM EDT
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Anyone know what happened to the B36 that sat at DFW for years?
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 1:55:20 AM EDT
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Did you know about it's sister transport version?

Convair XC-99




BIGGER_HAMMER
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 2:04:28 AM EDT
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My grandpa's B36 ash tray. Grandpa saved several Convair display models and a couple of ashtrays, he retired in the 70's as manager of a General Dynamics facility in California .
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 2:09:24 AM EDT
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Why were the prop engines mounted in the pusher configuration?  What were they not mounted conventionally like the B17 and B29?
Link Posted: 1/24/2015 2:18:13 AM EDT
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Anyone have pics of the bomber-bay launched fighter these things carried?
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That's actually impressive for how long those X planes flew operationally.
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