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Unknown/Generic Undesignated (52-2827) - Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 9 Jul 2022
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Unknown/Generic Undesignated (52-2827)


Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ, 9 Jul 2022


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Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
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Manufacturer: CONVAIR
Markings: 95th Bomb Wing, Biggs AFB, El Paso, Texas
Designation: B-36J
Serial Number: 52-2827


The B-36 is the largest bomber and the last piston engine powered bomber produced by the United States. First designed to meet a World War II requirement for a plane capable of hitting targets in Germany from bases in the United States the prototype did not fly until August 8, 1946. The development of the atomic bomb led the Air Force to conclude that it still needed a very long-range bomber capable of delivering the bombs over intercontinental ranges and production of the B-36 was continued despite the end of the war a year earlier. A total of 383 Peacemakers were built between 1947 and 1954. The era of piston engine powered bombers was coming to a quick end with the introduction of the all jet B-47 and B-52. The B-36 was the symbol of American air power in the first years of the Cold War, but even the addition of four jet engines could not bring the B-36 up to the performance standards of the newer aircraft and all of the B-36s were out of service by the first months of 1959.
Gavin Hughes
Wonderful photo Greg and great info. Amazing the number eventually built given that the Buff was already in production before the Peacemaker's run ceased.
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks, Gavin!
ken kemper
Absolutely Beuautiful Greg....

Looks like it should be the opening of Strategic air command with Jimmy Stewart
Greg ByingtonPhoto Uploader
Thanks, Ken! I remember that movie, and you're right, it would fit in!
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