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Convair B-58 Hustler
The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. The aircraft was designed by Convair engineer Robert H. Widmer and developed for the United States Air Force for service in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the 1960s. It used a delta wing, which was also employed by Convair fighters such as the F-102, with four General Electric J79 engines in pods under the wing. It carried five nuclear weapons; four on pylons under the wings, and one nuclear weapon and fuel in a combination bomb/fuel pod under the fuselage, rather than in an internal bomb bay.
Replacing the Boeing B-47 Stratojet medium bomber, it was originally intended to fly at high altitudes and supersonic speeds to avoid Soviet fighters. The B-58 received a great deal of notoriety due to its sonic boom, which was often heard by the public as it passed overhead in supersonic flight.The introduction of highly accurate Soviet surface-to-air missiles forced the B-58 into a low-level penetration role that severely limited its range and strategic value, and it was never employed to deliver conventional bombs. This led to a brief operational career between 1960 and 1970 when the B-58 was succeeded by the smaller, swing-wing FB-111A. Design and development
Excessive program expenditure
Adverse flight characteristics
Operational wings and retirement
- XB-58: Prototype; two built.
- YB-58A: Pre-production aircraft, 11 built.
- B-58A: Three-seat medium-range strategic bomber aircraft, 86 built.
- TB-58A: Training aircraft, eight conversions from YB-58A.
- NB-58A: This designation was given to a YB-58A, which was used for testing the J93 engine. The engine was originally intended for the North American XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3 bomber.
- RB-58A: Variant with ventral reconnaissance pod, 17 built.
- B-58B: Unbuilt version. SAC planned to order 185 of these improved bombers which had uprated J79-GE-9 engines, a stretched fuselage for extra fuel capacity, canards and could carry conventional weapons. A prototype B-58B was ordered (S/N 60-1109), but the entire project was canceled before construction began, due to budgetary considerations. The B variant was also planned to be the "mothership" for a Mach 4 parasite called the FISH (for First Invisible Super Hustler). Because It was to be faster and larger than the B-58A, it could carry the FISH instead of the external pod. At an altitude of at least 35,000 feet (11,000 metres) at speeds in excess of Mach 2 the FISHs three ramjet engines could be started. The Super Hustler would then disengage from the B-58B and climb up to 90,000 feet (27,000 metres) and accelerate to Mach 4.2 to complete its mission.
- B-58C: Unbuilt version. Enlarged version with more fuel and 32,500 lbf (145 kN) J58, the same engine used on the Lockheed SR-71. Design studies were conducted with two and four engine designs, the C model had an estimated top speed approaching Mach 3, a supersonic cruise capability of approximately Mach 2, and a service ceiling of about 70,000 ft (21,300 m) along with the capability of carrying conventional bombs. Convair estimated maximum range at 5,200 nautical miles (6,000 mi; 9,600 km). The B-58C was proposed as a lower cost alternative to the North American XB-70. As enemy defenses against high-speed, high-altitude penetration bombers improved, the value of the B-58C diminished and the program was canceled in early 1961.
- 63d Bombardment Squadron, Medium
- 64th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
- 65th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
- 3958th Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (1958-1960)
- 364th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
- 365th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
- 366th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
- Air Force Flight Test Center - Edwards AFB, California (1956-58)
- 6592d Test Squadron
Aircraft on display
- 55-0663 - Grissom Air Museum, Grissom Air Reserve Base (former Bunker Hill AFB/former Grissom AFB), Peru, Indiana. This is the oldest remaining aircraft and the fourth B-58 built.
- 55-0668 - Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Arkansas.
- 55-0665 (Snoopy) - Edwards Air Force Base, California. This aircraft sits derelict as a photo target on Edwards AFB's photo range.
- 55-0666 - Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum (former Chanute AFB), Rantoul, Illinois. With the recent closure of the Chanute museum, it was announced in May 2016 that the plane will be moving to the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California, although a timetable has not been established for its move yet. 
- 59-2437 (Firefly II) - Lackland AFB/Kelly Field Annex (former Kelly Air Force Base), San Antonio, Texas.
- 59-2458 (Cowtown Hustler) - National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. This aircraft flew from Los Angeles to New York City and back on 5 March 1962, setting three separate speed records, and earning the crew the Bendix Trophy and the Mackay Trophy for 1962. The aircraft was flown to the Museum on 1 March 1969. The aircraft is on display in the Museum's Cold War gallery.
- 61-2059 (Greased Lightning) - Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum near Ashland, Nebraska. It averaged 938 nmph flying 8,028 nmi. from Tokyo to London in 8 hours and 35 minutes in October 1963.
- 61-2080 - Pima Air & Space Museum (adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base) in Tucson, Arizona. It was the last B-58 to be delivered.
- Crew: 3: pilot; observer (navigator, radar operator, bombardier); defense system operator (DSO; electronic countermeasures operator and pilot assistant).
- Length: 96 ft 10 in (29.5 m)
- Wingspan: 56 ft 9 in (17.3 m)
- Height: 29 ft 11 in (8.9 m)
- Wing area: 1,542 ft² (143.3 m²)
- Airfoil: NACA 0003.46-64.069 root, NACA 0004.08-63 tip
- Empty weight: 55,560 lb (25,200 kg)
- Loaded weight: 67,871 lb (30,786 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 176,890 lb (80,240 kg)
- Powerplant: 4 × General Electric J79-GE-5A turbojet
- Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0068
- Drag area: 10.49 ft² (0.97 m²)
- Aspect ratio: 2.09
- Maximum speed: Mach 2.0 (1,319mph) at 40,000 ft (12,000 m)
- Cruise speed: 610 mph (530 kn, 985 km/h)
- Combat radius: 1,740 mi (1,510 nmi, 3,220 km)
- Ferry range: 4,100 nmi (4,700 mi, 7,600 km)
- Service ceiling: 63,400 ft (19,300 m)
- Rate of climb: 17,400 ft/min (88 m/s) at gross weight
- Wing loading: 44.0 lb/ft² (215 kg/m²)
- Thrust/weight: 0.919 lbf/lb
- Lift-to-drag ratio: 11.3 (subsonic, "clean configuration")
- Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.79 in) T171 cannon
- Bombs: 1× B53 or 4× B43 or B61 nuclear bombs; maximum weapons load was 19,450 lb (8,820 kg)
- AN/APB-2 Bombing radar
- AN/APN-110 Doppler navigational radar (part of Sperry AN/ASQ-42 Navigation & Bombing System)
- AN/APN-170 Terrain-following radar
- AN/APR-12 Radar warning receiver
- Hughes Aircraft AN/APQ-69 podded Side looking airborne radar (mounted on RB-58A)
- Goodyear AN/APS-73 podded synthetic aperture radar (mounted on RB-58A)
Notable appearances in media
- CORDIC algorithm (a digital resolver for Convair's navigation computers CORDIC I and II)
- High Virgo
- Wagtail (missile)
- Related development
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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- Related lists
- Knaack, Marcelle Size. Post-World War II Bombers, 1945-1973. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History, 1988. ISBN 0-16-002260-6.
- Wilson 2000, p. 38.
- Martin, Douglas. "Robert H. Widmer, Designer of Military Aircraft, Dies at 95." The New York Times, 2 July 2011.
- "B-58's Sonic Boom Rattles Kentuckians." Chicago Daily Tribune, 19 December 1961. Retrieved: 2 November 2009.
- Morrison, David C. (February 1984). "The Weapons Tutorial: Air-Breathing Nuclear Delivery Systems". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 40 (2): 34. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- Miller 1976, p. 24.
- Miller 1985, p. 26.
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- On display at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.
- 2008 p. 107.
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- "Sexy Sally Sounds Off." San Francisco Examiner, 30 July 1966, reprinted in United States Naval Institute Proceedings, November 1966.
- Miller 1985, p. 105.
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- Hansen 1988, pp. 158, 161.
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- Miller 1985, p. 62.
- Higham 1975, p. 31.
- Miller 1985, p. 48.
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- Converse 2012, p. 517.
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- Hall, R. Cargill. "The B-58 Bomber." Air University Review, Research Division, at the Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, November–December 1981. Retrieved: 14 February 2015.
- Adams 2009, p. 41.
- "B-58 Hustler United States Nuclear Forces." FAS.org (Federation of American Scientists, 29 May 1997. Retrieved: 15 February 2015.
- "B-58 final construction." GlobalSecurity.org, 2015. Retrieved: 15 February 2015.
- Slade 2012, p. 238.
- Sorenson 1995, p. 131.
- Miller 1985, p. 70.
- Veronico and Strong 2010, p. 112.
- Haynes, Leland R. "15,000 Miles Non-Stop in the SR-71 and B-58 Hustler Records Achieved". SR-71 Blackbirds. Leland R. Haynes. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- Thomas B. Estes and Dewain C. Vick
- QUALA MATOCHA. "Former Hillje man holds longest supersonic flight record after 50 years" El Campo Leader News, October 23, 2013. Accessed: December 15, 2013.
- Comstock, Charles. "The B-58's record flights." 456fis.org(456th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Field North Carolina. Retrieved: 2 January 2015.
- Wayne Thomis, Aviation editor, Chicago Tribune. November 24, 1963.
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- "Trophies won and records set by the B-58." B-58 Hustler Association HomePage. Retrieved: 2 January 2015.
- Tope, Jessica. "Pope Air Force Base Record Breaking Day."Pope Air Force Base, 12 January 2007. Retrieved: 5 September 2007.
- Goebel, Greg. "The General Dynamics B-58 & North American XB-70." AirVectors.net, 1 August 2014. Retrieved: 26 January 2015.
- "Factsheet: Convair B-58B." NationalMuseum.AF.mil(National Museum of the United States Air Force). Retrieved: 26 January 2015.
- "Convair Super Hustler, Fish & Kingfish." AeroSpaceWeb.org, 2012. Retrieved: 11 December 2014.
- Hehs, Eric. "Super Hustler, FISH, Kingfish, and Beyond (Part 1: Super Hustler)." CodeOneMagazine.com (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company), 15 March 2011. Retrieved: 11 December 2014.
- Burrows, William E. "The Real X-Jet." AirSpaceMag.com, 1 March 1999. Retrieved: 13 December 2014.
- "Factsheet: Convair B-58C Hustler." National Museum of the United States Air Force. Retrieved: 5 September 2007.
- "B-58 Aircraft History - serial numbers and summary." The B-58 Hustler Association. Retrieved: 4 December 2014.
- Brewer, Randy A. and Alex P. Brewer. "The B-58 Hustler Page - Surviving Inventory." B-58.com, 2014. Retrieved: 18 December 2014.
- "B-58 Hustler/55-0663." Grissom Air Museum. Retrieved: 4 December 2012.
- "B-58 Hustler/55-0668." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 4 June 2015.
- "B-58 Hustler/55-0665." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved: 20 May 2013.
- "B-58 Hustler/55-0666." Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum. Retrieved: 4 June 2015.
- "B-58 Hustler/59-2437." aerialvisuals.ca Retrieved 4 June 2015.
- "B-58 Hustler/59-2458." National Museum of the USAF.Retrieved: 4 December 2012.
- "B-58 Hustler/61-2059." Strategic Air and Space Museum.Retrieved 4 June 2015.
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|THIS MAGAZINE ADD WAS SEEN IN THE POPULAR MAGAZINES OF THE EARLY 1960's IT HAS BEEN USED ELSEWHERE ON THIS BLOG BUT IT IS PUSHING THE SDAME MESSAGE AS THE USAF PROPAGANDA FILM "TALLMAN 55", CONVAIR THE BUILDER OF THE B-58 HUSTLER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH "SAC" AND "AIR DEFENSE COMMAND" MADE THIS A GREAT PUBLIC RELATIONS GESTURE AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WOULD LEARN TO ASSOCIATE THE SOUND OF AFTERBURNERS AT FULL THROTTLE ON F-102/106 INTERCEPTORS AND BOMBERS LIKE THE B-58/52/36/47, AND THE SITE OF THESE GREAT ALUMINUM SKINS SHINING LIKE A KNIGHTS ARMOR AND A ORANGE STRIPE TO DENOTE U.S.A.F. AIRCRAFT AS FRIENDLYS SINCE THEY FLEW IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S., DURING THE DAYS OF THE COLD WAR EVERY AIRCRAFT IN SAC OPERATIONS OF AIR DEFENSE WERE ARMED WITH NUCLEAR AIR 2 AIR ROCKETS OR CARRIED ATOMIC WEAPONS ON AIRBORNE ALERT AIRCRAFT, ACCIDENTS HAPPENED BUT NEVER A DETONATION WOULD OCCUR.TODAYS AIR DEFENSE IS NON EXSISTANT AND SAC NO LONGER EXSISTS, USAF MORALE IS IN BAD SHAPE AND MORE IMPORTANT THERE ARE QUITE A FEW REPORTS OF USAF AIRCRAFT CARRYING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN FLIGHT WHEN NON WERE PERMITTED OR SIGNED OUT! ONE JUST ONE ACCOUNT THAT LEAKED.HOW BAD ARE THE MEN WHO TAKE CARE OF OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS????|
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