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Convair B-36 Peacemaker

ICAO aircraft code B-36
Manufacturer Convair
Country United States
New price USD 4.1 million (1946)

The Convair B-36 “Peacemaker” is a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959.


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Convair B-36 Peacemaker Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
1946 - 1954
United States
New purchase price
USD 4.1 million (1946)

Aircraft performance

6x Pratt & Whitney R-4360-53 Wasp Major & 4 General Electric J47 turbojet engines, 5,200 lbf each
3,800 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
378 Kts
700 Km/h
Travel range:
8,700 Nm
16,112 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
45,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1995 feet / minute
10.13meter / second

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
185,973 Kg
409,996 lbs
Max Payload:
39,600 Kg
87,302 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
30,600 gallon
115,833 liter

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About the Convair B-36 Peacemaker

The Convair B-36 “Peacemaker” is a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 is the largest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft ever built. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230ft (70m). The B-36 was the first bomber capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal from inside its four bomb bays without aircraft modifications. With a range of 10,000mi (16,000km) and a maximum payload of 87,200lb (39,600kg), the B-36 was capable of intercontinental flight without refuelling.

Entering service in 1948, the B-36 was the primary nuclear weapons delivery vehicle of Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was replaced by the jet-powered Boeing B-52 Stratofortress beginning in 1955. All but four aircraft have been scrapped.

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