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An inside look at the cockpit of a B-36A pal of mine passed this on to me. I thought some of you who remember boiler gauges would enjoy the tour. B-36 Cockpit Gauge Maze The B-36 was a state of the art airplane in its day. The Flight Engineer was responsible for starting, maintaining and shutting down the 6 Radial Engines and the 4 Jet Engines required to make it fly and complete its mission. No modern technology, such as "Fly by Wire" or "Computer controlled Aircraft" systems, were involved here. Just straight… (www.nmusafvirtualtour.com) More...
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I remember when the B-36 was introduced in the late 40's and was part of SAC into the late 50's when it was retired from service and replaced with the B-52. The best movie featuring the B-36 was "Strategic Air Command" with Jimmy Stewart/June Allison. Every airplane buff should see it! The movie had some of the best flying cinematography in film history courtesy of Paul Mantz. Stewart was a Brigadier General in the USAF Reserve and had actual flight time as aircraft commander in the B-36. The 6 P&W R-4360 engines were 3200 HP, 28 cylinder maintenance nightmares and were the largest reciprocating airplane engines built. Turbojet engines were just becoming the norm in the early 50's.
Thanks for sharing, and thanks for your service.
Where can I find that old movie. It's been many moons since I've seen it.
I thought the movie would be readilly available anywhere but it isn't. But I did find it at this website www.earthstation1.com. I ordered a copy for $7.49 w/free shipping.
Thanx....just ordered it!
Great site. What a variety of airplane choices with ones I've never seen or heard of.
I've caught it occasionally on TCM. Awesome movie!