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The first supersonic jet bomber: B-58 “Hustler”

The first supersonic jet bomber: B-58 “Hustler”

Three B-58 bombers at Convair facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, in October 1957.

Three B-58 bombers at Convair facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, in October 1957.

Convair B58 Hustler. The strategic, high-speed, high-altitude delta-wing bomber served in SAC from 1960 to 1970.  Its career was cut short because it was too expensive to maintain, had limited op-flex, and too complex. 3 man crew.

Convair B58 Hustler. The strategic, high-speed, high-altitude delta-wing bomber served in SAC from 1960 to 1970. Its career was cut short because it was too expensive to maintain, had limited op-flex, and too complex. 3 man crew.

This is THE classic duo shot!!!  North American XB-70A Valkyrie in flight with a Convair B-58 Hustler. And the B-58 is a BIG jet. I've stood next to them myself, and it looks tiny compared to the Valkyrie in this shot.

This is THE classic duo shot!!! North American XB-70A Valkyrie in flight with a Convair B-58 Hustler. And the B-58 is a BIG jet. I've stood next to them myself, and it looks tiny compared to the Valkyrie in this shot.

B-36 peacemaker carrying a B-58 hustler in it's bomb bay from Ft Worth, TX to Dayton, OH!!

B-36 peacemaker carrying a B-58 hustler in it's bomb bay from Ft Worth, TX to Dayton, OH!!

Sixty-years ago this week, the USAF/Boeing YB-52 Stratofortress (S/N 49-231) all-jet strategic bomber took to the air on its maiden flight.

Stratofortress Maiden Flight

Sixty-years ago this week, the USAF/Boeing YB-52 Stratofortress (S/N 49-231) all-jet strategic bomber took to the air on its maiden flight.

The Sperrin was a jet bomber of conventional layout, considered as a backup design in case there would be trouble with the V-bombers.

The Sperrin was a jet bomber of conventional layout, considered as a backup design in case there would be trouble with the V-bombers.

May 17, 1950: The air above Muroc Dry Lake, California, exploded in sonic booms as Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier put the XF-90 (long-range penetration fighter and bomber escort.) through high-speed dive tests, reaching Mach 1.12.

May 17, 1950: The air above Muroc Dry Lake, California, exploded in sonic booms as Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier put the XF-90 (long-range penetration fighter and bomber escort.) through high-speed dive tests, reaching Mach 1.12.

RAF crew running toward their Handley Page Victor bomber [1772  1784]

RAF crew running toward their Handley Page Victor bomber [1772 1784]

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