Convair B36 - Peacemaker

Mike Pirie and Les Adam's Winter Project

maiden day

Here is the pictorial representation of the B36 Project build carried out by Mike Pirie and Les Adam from start to finish. The B36 maidened on 4 June 2016 at the hands of Dave Wilshere (Motors and Rotors) and the final picture is that of Mike, Les with Dave and the model after a successful test. Not an aircraft often seen modelled and a great testiment to the skills of Les and Mike. Great stuff lads, well done.

(Pictures: Mike Pirie, Les Adam, Jim Sekirk, Fiona Betteridge)

Model Facts - Scale 1:38
(and it's still a big model !!)

Wingspan - 1.8m (72")

A.U.W - 2.3 kg (5 lbs)

Wing Loading - 75 g/dm2 (25 oz/ft2)

Thrust at Take Off - 1.45 kg (51 oz)

Power Loading - 183 watts/kg (84 watts/lb)

Wing Section - NACA 2415

Battery - 1 x 2s 2100mAh for each of 3 circuits

B36 Peacemaker

The Convair B-36 “Peacemaker” was a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated solely by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 was the largest mass-produced piston engine aircraft ever made. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230 ft (70.1 m). 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 10,000 mi (16,000 km) and a maximum payload of 87,200 lb (39,600 kg), the B-36 was the world's first manned bomber capable of flying intercontinental without refuelling.

Entering service in 1948, the B-36 was the primary nuclear weapons delivery vehicle of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was replaced by the jet-powered Boeing B-52 Stratofortress from 1955. All bar five examples were scrapped in the 1950s.

The B-36 set the standard for range and payload for subsequent US intercontinental bombers.

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