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B-58 Hustler Seeking Information/conformation

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B-58 Hustler Seeking Information/conformation
Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:04 PM

I come accross some interesting folks in my travels. Yesterday I spoke with an older gentlman who told me about a "travel pod" for the B-58 that had three ejection seats in it for three passengers. It hung under the aircraft in the same place as the pod you normally see under the aircraft. The pod is pressurized and ejection is downward. Cross country flights were made on a regular basis and usually involved VIP transports at supersonic speed. Has anyone else heard of this, or see any referrence to this. 

Has the SEA paint scheme on B-58s ever been confirmed? I know there was a Tech. order for it but have never seen confirmation that it was actually done. 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 3:00 PM

To your second question, there's never been any definite evidence I have ever heard of that any aircraft actually were painted camo. Certainly there's been plenty of discussion about it.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:58 PM

That’s the Mach 4 version.

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Posted by Neptune48 on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:13 PM

A quick Google search revealed it was proposed but not implemented.  Convair was exploring an SST design and planned to use the B-58 for early tests.



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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:16 AM

Somehow that charade always becomes part of a procurement.

Like the C-99, the B-36 freighter.

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Posted by B299X on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 7:20 PM

After perusing Jay Miller’s “Aerograph 4 Convair B-58” he does list one MB-1C free fall bomb pod modified by Convair for special testing of the encapsulated ejection seats of both the B-58 and the XB-70. It was nicknamed the “Guppy Pod” and used after mid June 1961 at Edwards AFB in successful testing of the seats. 

There was nothing about using the pod for VIP flights. My feeling is that the pod would have been cramped with all the associated testing equipment.

There was a study of developing a “People Pod” in 1960 with room for 5 and testing equipment to be used for study of the “subjective reactions“ of passengers at supers cruise. It doesn’t appear to have advanced beyond a paper study. 

There were no pictures of a B-58 painted in the SEA camouflage in the book, just a small illustration showing the overall scheme and colors. 


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