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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2012 12:50 p.m. PST

Beautifull plane.

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Hope you enjoy!.

Amicalement
Armand

Mikhail Lerementov Inactive Member05 Mar 2012 12:51 p.m. PST

Is there a link?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2012 1:06 p.m. PST

Oh!. Yes… I forgot it.

link

Sorry for that.

Amicalement
Armand

Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2012 1:16 p.m. PST

Nice and roomy inside (at least compared to the B-17 and B-24 I once toured).

Doug

Personal logo Who asked this joker Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2012 1:48 p.m. PST

Nice and roomy inside (at least compared to the B-17 and B-24 I once toured).

Indeed! Even worse in a B-25. If you were a bombardier, you had to crawl under the pilots seat on your belly to get to the front and back. If the plane took a hit, you probably were not getting out.

The B-36 is a HUGE improvement over that!

BW195905 Mar 2012 2:21 p.m. PST

link

We have a nice one in Dayton at the AF Museum

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Mar 2012 2:45 p.m. PST

There is a fascinating (to me anyway) website somewhere – sorry cannot remember – that details the loss and mishap records of these aircraft. One was even accidentally rammed and destroyed by a hot-dogging P-51.

Personal logo Mardaddy Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Mar 2012 3:41 p.m. PST

Back around 1980 or so I had an old Monogram 1/72 kit of this mamma-jamma. Even at that scale it was a monster!

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Mar 2012 6:22 p.m. PST

My dad was flight engineer on one, so I had a lot of fun crawling around them. The best was the little trolly/tunnel to get from the front to the back of the plane. The B36 is so big my first impression of a B52 was that it was so small.

Saginaw06 Mar 2012 12:09 a.m. PST

I'm going to guess that most everyone here has seen the 1955 film 'Strategic Air Command', which showcased a B-36 Peacemaker in action. The movie was filmed right here in Fort Worth, at Carswell AFB, when it was a 24/7 SAC base. The sound of one going overhead is unforgettable!

Also of note is an incident when a tornado ripped through a parked flight line of B-36s at Carswell. More details can be found at the following link:

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President Theodore Roosevelt would've undoubtedly been impressed with this "big stick"!

Personal logo Tango 2 3 Ditto Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2012 11:04 a.m. PST

No, never seen the film. But growing up as a kid in late 60s early 70s who made a lot of airplane models, this one always fascinated me. I think the push props really "made it go" grin for me.

I don't think I ever really knew the name/designation of the aircraft until the early 2000s.

How did the remote control guns work? how were targets acquired, was someone a gunner controller? how did he track threats? Having fired loads of machine guns (7.62mm) in my life, it just seems odd to me that this aircraft (and the Superfortress too, I guess) would have cannon controls not in a pressurize air compartment – how did they deal with jams?
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Tim

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