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 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 capable of intercontinental flight without refuelling.
Entering service in 1948, the B-36 was the primary nuclear weapons deliveryStrategic Air Command (SAC) until it was replaced by the jet-powered Boeing B-52 Stratofortress beginning in 1955. All but five examples were scrapped.
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- Successors 1 airplane(s)
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- Wingspan 230.2ft (70.2m)
- Length 163.0ft (49.7m)
- Height 46.4ft (14.2m)
- Empty Weight 171,033lbs (77,579kg)
- Loaded Weight 266,096lbs (120,699kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 0.506
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.028
- Wing Loading 46.6lbs/ft2 (227.5kg/m2)
- Wing Area 5,709.6ft2 (530.4m2)
- Drag Points 12658
- Number of Parts 326
- Control Surfaces 7