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Talked with a navigator a couple months ago. He is a good friends Pa. 

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Awesome yes, Beautiful?? Well..........

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And you can see one at the official USAF Museum in Dayton Ohio.  Truly amazing machine when you are close up to it!

 

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13 minutes ago, Rolan Kraps, SASS # 24084 Life said:

And you can see one at the official USAF Museum in Dayton Ohio.  Truly amazing machine when you are close up to it!

 

I stood under that one. Wow, it’s gargantuan. 

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Just for interest, the B-36 at the USAF Museum in Dayton, had a 20 foot "plug" taken out of the Fuselage both in front and behind the wing, to make it fit in the display hanger.

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The genesis of the B-36 can be traced to early 1941, prior to the entry of the United States into World War II. At the time, a very real chance apparently existed that Britain might fall to the German "Blitz", making a strategic bombing effort by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) against Germany impossible with the aircraft of the time.[3]

The United States would need a new class of bomber that would reach Europe and return to bases in North America,[4] necessitating a combat range of at least 5,700 miles (9,200 km), the length of a Gander, NewfoundlandBerlin round trip. The USAAC therefore sought a bomber of truly intercontinental range,[5][6]similar to the German Reichsluftfahrtministerium's (RLM)ultralong-range Amerikabomber program, the subject of a 33-page proposal submitted to Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering on 12 May 1942.

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Engine fires[edit]

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B36-J (serial 52-2225) of the 11th Bombardment Wing in 1955 showing "six turning, four burning"

As engine fires occurred with the B-36's radial engines, some crews humorously changed the aircraft's slogan from "six turning, four burning" into "two turning, two burning, two smoking, two choking, and two more unaccounted for."[44][N 2] This problem was exacerbated by the propellers' pusher configuration, which increased carburetor icing. 

 

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My late uncle worked on the things when they were still flying ~ said he could pretty much count on swapping at least one engine after ever flight.

 

Castle Air Museum - 'bout 40 miles up the road from me, in Atwater, California has one.  That sucker is indeed huge.  Gets right hot in the summertime in these parts; her slightly over a tenth of an acre of wing  provides a lot of welcome shade!  ^_^

 

The Castle Air Museum plane was disassembled at Chanute AFB in Illinois, shipped to Atwater on 11 rail cars, then cobbled back together.  Looked like a major junkyard for a while.

 

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There's a three-part YouTube series on the project, and a pretty cool article with tons of pictures here. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967 said:

My late uncle worked on the things when they were still flying ~ said he could pretty much count on swapping at least one engine after ever flight.

 

Castle Air Museum - 'bout 40 miles up the road from me, in Atwater, California has one.  That sucker is indeed huge.  Gets right hot in the summertime in these parts; her slightly over a tenth of an acre of wing  provides a lot of welcome shade!  ^_^

 

The Castle Air Museum plane was disassembled at Chanute AFB in Illinois, shipped to Atwater on 11 rail cars, then cobbled back together.  Looked like a major junkyard for a while.

 

                   RB-36H_located_at_Castle_Air_Museum_in_Atwater%2C_CA.jpg

 

There's a three-part YouTube series on the project, and a pretty cool article with tons of pictures here. 

 

 

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Baseball caps, wind breakers, and not a microchip anywhere.  Amazing for its day and age.

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