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B-36 taking off
Posted by JohnnyK on Monday, August 22, 2022 2:55 PM

Maybe this video has been posted before. Following is a B-36 taking off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xn16Jp0_5w

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by lurch on Monday, August 22, 2022 7:01 PM

Thats a great video. Thats  an impressive aircraft.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, August 22, 2022 7:19 PM

Lots of good visual reference material for the B-36 in that movie.  Its a classic.

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Posted by armornut on Monday, August 22, 2022 7:47 PM

Way before I was born I think there was a wing of B-36s stationed at Larson AFB in Moses Lake Wa. Some would come over to Fairchild and bounce. A hi school class mates father worked on them.

   Liked the movie and boy those birds were HUGE.

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Posted by ikar01 on Monday, August 22, 2022 7:59 PM

Just before I went into the Air Force my Father took me to Wright Pat. to see the museum.  They had a lot of aircraft sitting outside back then.  They put a maint scaffold alongside the B-36 so you could go up and look into the flight deck.

I knew someone at Little Rock who flew on those things and he said the normal flight was from Texas to Alaska to Maine and then home, none stop.  There was no refueling with that monster.  He also said that once in a while they would hit Alaska and turn left into Russia to look around and test their response time.

That movie is worth watching if you haven't seen it yet.

Here's some of the shots from 1970:

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Posted by lurch on Monday, August 22, 2022 9:03 PM

What movie was that?  Looks like something that would interest me.

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Posted by armornut on Monday, August 22, 2022 9:22 PM

  Hi Lurch, the movie is called " Stratigic Air Command" and Jimmy Stewart is lead actor...after the B-36 of course.

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, August 22, 2022 9:28 PM

Impressive airplane footage!  Nice pic of a Valkyrie in there.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, August 22, 2022 9:53 PM

Great photos!

Love the XB-70!

Last fall I went to the Castle AFB museum outside of Merced. They have a B-36.

 

It's BIG!

 

 

You can see it from space! Well at least google maps

 

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 8:10 AM

Thank you Armornut. I thought that was Jimmy Stewart in that scene. But been so long since I seem him I wasnt sure. Going to try to find that movie and watch it. Again thank you.

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 9:46 AM

  You're welcome lurch, hope you find the movie. My best friend had it on VHS however copied it to disk.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 10:45 AM

I was able to get mine on Blu-Ray from Amazon.  Great video and sound quality for that old movie.  

Lurch, 

If you have Amazon Prime, it looks like they have it for free on their streaming service.

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 11:51 AM

Amazon Video has it online and it's free to Prime members

Thanks,

John

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Posted by JohnnyK on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 3:05 PM

mach71

Great photos!

Love the XB-70!

Last fall I went to the Castle AFB museum outside of Merced. They have a B-36.

 

It's BIG!

 

 

I always thought that that aircraft had the straingest looking canopy. Plus, look how thick those wings are.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

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Posted by armornut on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 4:24 PM

 There is a pressurized crew rest area in the wing box area that is part of why it is so thick. I believe it is approx. 6ft. high. If I recall there is a tunnel that connects the foreard cabin/ cockpit area with thie rest area.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 5:30 PM

armornut

 There is a pressurized crew rest area in the wing box area that is part of why it is so thick. I believe it is approx. 6ft. high. If I recall there is a tunnel that connects the foreard cabin/ cockpit area with thie rest area.

 

Yup.  There was a tunnel between the two ends that had a trolley the crew member would lie down on and pull themselves through using the rope that ran along the top.  The TO-1 strangely refers to it as the "Communication Tube" and it goes straight from the front cabin to the aft cabin.  The aft cabin has toilet facilities and bunks, along with a tail gunner's position, lower left/lower right scanner positions, and low freq and high freq ECM stations.  Nothing in the wing root area though...just a huge bomb bay for carrying a huge bomb.  The tunnel runs along the lower left side of the bomb bay.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 6:34 PM

This from American Film Archive:

Studio publicity materials state that the following St. Louis Cardinals and ex-Cardinals played themselves in the picture: Enos Slaughter, Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst, Peanuts Lowrey and Memo Luna. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed, however.

Bill

 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 7:55 PM

If you are interested in the subject, Magnesium Overcast is well worth the $50 -  $ 60 and not hard to find.

 

Bill

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Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 4:42 PM

One big bomb!

 

 

And a big bomb bay.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 5:15 PM

mach71
One big bomb!    

And a big bomb bay.

Nice pics mach71!

I've got a Mk 17 that I'm going to be putting into mine when I build it.  That might have to be my next project after I finish the Phantom.  This thread about the B-36 has me all jazzed about that one again.  The 1/72 Monogram B-36 has been in my stash for a year or two since I found one on Ebay.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 6:34 PM

The Monogram kit is an RB-36. As I recall, the length of the bay doors may be a little different from the B-36. I'll check my references

Bill

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Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 10:01 PM

I watched the movie today. Not bad, it holds up-mostly.

Very good flying, as the youtube video shows. The modelwork is not bad either.

The story is a bit contrived but the acting good for the time.

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, August 25, 2022 5:00 AM

For those who didn't know, there is a variation of the B-36 called the XC-99.  It used to be alongside the road between Kelley and Lackland A.F.B.s and you could go through it for about 50 cents.  Years after I took these shots it was taken to Wright Pat.

You could access the interior of the wings for engine maintenance from the upper cargo area.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, August 25, 2022 2:12 PM

Wow! The old game, pitch expensive military project by promising lucrative non-military sales. 

Those photos are a treasure. I'm sticking prints in my before-mentioned book.

 

Bill

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, August 25, 2022 5:18 PM

GMorrison

The Monogram kit is an RB-36. As I recall, the length of the bay doors may be a little different from the B-36. I'll check my references

Bill

 
They say in the instructions that you can build either a B-36H or an RB-36H, but it definitely has the "armament" of an RB-36.  Pretty much just a rack of photoflash bombs.  The Mk. 17 I bought was specifically designed to fit the Monogram 1/72 B-36, so hopefully there won't be issues with the length of the doors.

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Posted by mach71 on Saturday, August 27, 2022 9:01 PM

Atlantis just released this:

 

https://atlantis-models.com/b-36-peacemaker-1-184-plastic-model-kit-with-swivel-stand/

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Posted by missileman2000 on Sunday, August 28, 2022 8:32 AM

I recently bought the Atlantis kit with intent of converting it into the XB-36, the one with the huge single wheel main gear.

 

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Posted by lurch on Monday, August 29, 2022 6:44 PM

Ikor do you by chance know what happened to the plane when it got to Wright pat.?

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Posted by ikar01 on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 9:25 AM

I had heard that it was taken in sections by C-5 to Wright Pat but never was put back together and is either in some out of sight area waiting its turn or went to Davis Monthan for storage.  I'm just not sure what happened.

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