The Incredible B-58

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  1. davparlr

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    I have always been impressed by the B-58, mainly for the looks. I decided to take look and see how this amazing, and dangerous, aircraft would stack up against the contemporary interceptor aircraft. So, here are some stats


    Wing Loading (wt/area)
    B-58 44
    F-4 78
    F-106 52
    F-104 105
    Lightning 88
    Mig-21 63

    Thrust to Weight (lbsThrust/wt)
    B-58 .78
    F-4 .86
    F-106 .71
    F-104 .75
    Lightning .78
    Mig-21 .79

    Max Speed (Mach)
    B-58 2.1
    F-4 2.23
    F-106 2.3
    F-104 2.2
    Lightning 2.27 (after 1965)
    Mig-21 2.05

    Service Ceiling (kft)
    B-58 63.4
    F-4 60
    F-106 57
    F-104 50k
    Lightning 60+ (after 1965)
    Mig-21 62.3


    So it is apparent that the B-58 had very similar performance with contemporary interceptors, which is an obvious advantage since the interceptors must climb to intercept. Once there, the B-58 typically had an altitude performance capability advantage, particularly over the Mig, which was slower. Now throw in the fact that the missiles in that era were particularly inefficient, and that the B-58 had a 20mm Vulcan canon for a tail stinger, and you have a potent weapons system….if it all worked. It was notoriously unreliable due to advanced and immature avionics. Also, due to the uniqueness of the delta wing, it was difficult to fly and had some inherent dangers, such as supersonic asymmetrical thrust with engine failure and instant obliteration. Apparently crews got used to it and appreciated its capabilities. I worked with a B-58 pilot and I think he was proud of it and spoke of the dangerous nature, but not in a hostile manner. The demise came with the improved ground-to-air missiles.

    Still, it was a magnificent and beautiful aircraft.

     
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    I have always had an affinity for the B-58. I built a model of it years ago as a teenager.
     
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    Foir a short while, the "Hustler" held quite a few speed records. It was an impressive looking aircraft.

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    Truly a lovely aircraft!
     
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    When I was about 8 years old I could remember 2 of them overflying where I used to live. 42 years later I'll never forget that sight.
     
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    Don't know about that, but I did wet myself one time when the Blue Angels were doing an airshow. They were flying right over the deck supersonic...I had had a coke in the car...The sonic boom...Well, you get the picture. I must have been all of 4 or 5.
     
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    The B58 was also one loud airplane.
     
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    You didn't happen to notice who was getting out of the B-58 at the end did you ??


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    I likewise enjoy the B-58.. Convair sure had a knack for the delta winged aircraft didn't they?
     
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    Yeah, with four J-79's in AB, I'll bet! I thought a Phantom was loud in AB, I can't even imagine a Hustler!
     
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    Featured in the 1964 movie "Fail Safe" as the "Vindicator".

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    Certainly a great aircraft. Not surprised she was loud though 8)
     
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    Jimmy Stewart?
     
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    #16 Graeme, Jun 3, 2009
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    B-58 Hustler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    PROJECT ROSE PETAL

    A joint program involving the Hustler and an RAF Comet. The Hustler's job was to make high speed passes close to the Comet to help calibrate a British missile tracking system...

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    The big guy at front far left is Lt. Col. Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton...

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    He went on to fly the XB-70 and the B-52/X-15 and Boeing 747/Shuttle combinations.

    "WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD"

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    Heard the confined area for crew drove them batty except for the pilot.

    I remember Phantoms and ealier Century series fighters at airshows as a kid, close, low and fast doing a sound crack for the audience. Pilots would be grounded these days for being that close, low, and fast near spectators.

    At the time, louder was better :p

    ahh the old days are missed :(
     
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    :lol:
     
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    that was one hot aircraft .BB
     
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