The main airplane would house the 3 crew members, engines, systems, and only the fuel for the return flight. The XB, as noted, was originally discussed in a stand-alone document, originally released in and running through seven revisions into Weight empty 55, lbs. A pylon and three fins were fitted. The thin fuselage did provided some engineering challenges early on as it prevented internal carriage of bombs and the required amount of fuel to feed the four turbojet engines thus restricting operational ranges. General Stewart walks you through the Hustler's virtues and reviews the many records she claimed in a memorable discussion.
The General Dynamics B-58 & North American XB-70
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein. While the B did not have loiter time of a B to remain airborne for 24 hours without numerous air refuelings nor the room for an augmented crew for relief, it was able to reach the target area almost as quick as the airborne alert aircraft! Normal cruise altitude 48, feet. The high speeds achieved by the Hustler did gain it some favourable accolades, and it achieved a supersonic endurance record of 8 hours 35 minutes from Tokyo to London on 16th October , among other performance records. Normal cruise altitude 65, feet. Fuel and fuel pressurization disconnects released and closed instantly when the pod was released. Its primary importance is that it was seen by the US Navy as a solution for its need to replace the subsonic P2B-2 Stratojet land-based maritime attack bombers.
B Hustler of the U.S. Air Force: photographs, production numbers, surviving aircraft
Note the nose high attitude and poor visibility over the nose. Politics, national boundaries and technology may change over time but the need for a decisive, play-to-win national defense strategy plus overwhelming force will remain perennially relevant. Pontius Navigator I am not sure that the F was any better. I have a few pics somewhere of the various flypasts and weapons demonstrations. In sum, the B was a game changer more profoundly understood when its capabilities are examined in the context of history, economics and politics as well as technology. Beagle, Thank you for your assistance, much appreciated. Pontius Navigator You don't need high Gs to pull inside a fighter.
Like Liked by 1 person. Instead all weapons were carried in an externally-mounted under-fuselage pod. For covering the wing, Convair evolved a new material--at once stiff, strong, light, relatively easy to replace, and with good thermal-insulating qualities--the so-called bonded sandwich panel. While the B did not have loiter time of a B to remain airborne for 24 hours without numerous air refuelings nor the room for an augmented crew for relief, it was able to reach the target area almost as quick as the airborne alert aircraft! Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos. The narration is pretty dry but there's some great footage.