Ive often wondered what success the b 58 would have

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I’ve often wondered what success the B-58 would have had if it’d been mothballed (instead of destroyed) and later fitted with advanced electronics of today. An Air Force instructor at one of my tech schools had been a navigator on B-58’s and said the plane was far, far faster than ever published. He claimed to have personally been in it when it had been doing 2100 mph. With reliable equipment, it may have been useful as a recon jet for years after its retirement. Doubtless, it was one of the boldest, most beautiful statements in aerodynamics ever conceived. It stretched technology to the limit and its technological achievements were the basis for even today’s fastest aircraft. 272. Andre Vasquez - 2009-08-29 06:04:48 Thank you very much for sharing your time and experiences I truly enjoyed your presentation. Andre Vasquez Civil Air Patrol 271. Dickie Bishop - 2009-08-29 03:58:19 Just wanted to say hello again. I was on 021 at Little Rock and was crew chief on 458 when it went to the AF Museum. I sure wish I could find some of the old ground crew on 021. I saw you about 5 years ago in Fort Worth. Hope you are still going strong. 270. Lyn Wilson - 2009-08-11 02:56:48 Great website. I wish I could have seen one of these fly. 269. Joe Baldridge - 2009-07-29 23:23:45 I am doing genealogical research for my family. My Uncle Jack Baldridge was a test pilot for Convair/General Dynamics and flew the B-36 and B-58. He died as the result of the crash of 55-667 on 4 Jun 1960. Thank you for maintaining this site. 268. rob - 2009-07-26 21:59:34 very cool 267. Stephen Doke - 2009-07-21 13:43:05 I worked on 592453 at carswll & Little Rock from 1962 to 1965 43Rd OMS ground crew. 266. Walter Eickhoff - 2009-07-20 00:04:25 Fantastic site. As a kid, I always loved the B-58. To me it is the most beautiful bomber ever built. Thanks for the great pictures and stories. 265. Trent P. Keller - 2009-07-08 21:44:42 Excellent site, thank you for the great information. I also served in SAC from 1975-1979 at Blytheville AFB Arkansas. We had the G models of the B-52 and KC-135’s. I always liked
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the B-58 Hustler’s. There is one close by at Chanute AFB Museum on static display. Best regards and thank you for your service. Trent 264. Stephen Schellenberger - 2009-07-08 04:34:29 Good history lesson for everyone especially kids! 263. Bob Bondiman - 2009-07-07 18:17:18 I remember as a kid in Chicago in the mid-1960’s watching the B-58’s do simulated bombing runs at supersonic speeds and hearing the sonic boom. That was so cool and I thought the B-58 was a beautiful plane. Regards and thanks for the fine website. 262. Dale R. Messimer - 2009-07-01 06:09:23 I recently acquired two B-58 patches attributed to the estate of M/Sgt. Bobby Ryan. About the only info I have been able to find is that he was the only enlisted man to fly in the B-58 Hustler test program, and in August, 1961, he was a member of the B-58 flight crew which made the first USAF low level two-component pod drop over the Tonopah, NV test range. It sounds as if he was stationed at Edwards AFB in the 50s. Does anyone have any additional info about him and his involvement in the B-58 program? All the best, Dale [email protected] 261. Bob Bell - 2009-06-25 19:44:17 Way back in 1958, when I was a young and handsome worker at Raytheon, Waltham MA, The B-58 Search/Nav Radar was my first project. I lived with it and the
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