On 25 August 1950, Convair issued a formal proposal for a swept-winged version of the B-36 with all-jet propulsion. The United States Air Force was sufficiently interested that on 15 March 1951, it authorized Convair to convert two B-36Fs (49-2676 and 49-2684) as B-36Gs. Since the aircraft was so radically different from the existing B-36, the designation was soon changed to YB-60.
The YB-60 had 72% parts commonality with its piston-engined predecessor. The fuselages of the two aircraft were largely identical, although the YB-60 had a longer, pointed nose with a needle-like instrument probe instead of the B-36's rounded nose; its tail surfaces were swept to match the wings and a wedge-shaped insert added at the wing root. The swept wings also used many B-36 parts.
The YB-60's unofficial competitor for an Air Force contract was Boeing's B-52 Stratofortress. Convair's proposal was substantially cheaper than Boeing's, since it involved modifying an existing design rather than starting from scratch. Like the B-52, it was powered by eight Pratt & Whitney J57-P-3 turbojets mounted in pairs in four pods suspended below the wing.
Activation Group 1 : Navigation Lights
Activation Group 2 : Landing/Taxi Lights
Activation Group 3 : Anti-Collision Lights
Activation Group 4 : Strobe Lights
Activation Group 5 : No Control
Activation Group 6 : No Control
Activation Group 7 : No Control
Activation Group 8 : Stabilizer Wheel Retract/Extend
VTOL Down : Flaps
VTOL Up : Bomb Bay Doors
Trip : Trim
Brake : Wheel Brakes
The plane is tail heavy on the ground, so Convair put a stabilizer wheel back there, when you start your take off or landing put the wheel up with AG-8! do not land or take off with it down!!!
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- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 203.6ft (62.1m)
- Length 174.1ft (53.1m)
- Height 47.7ft (14.6m)
- Empty Weight 101,858lbs (46,202kg)
- Loaded Weight 112,298lbs (50,937kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 0.84
- Wing Loading 10.4lbs/ft2 (51.0kg/m2)
- Wing Area 10,755.8ft2 (999.3m2)
- Drag Points 25549
- Number of Parts 608
- Control Surfaces 0
- Performance Cost 2,274