Bombs Away!


Lots of bombs, in fact.

Because of its prominence in Strategic Air Command and it’s Cold War nuclear deterrence role, people sometimes forget the B-36 Peacemaker was originally designed as a conventional bomber.

I can honestly say, this is the first video I’ve come across of one conventionally armed.

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11 responses to “Bombs Away!

  1. SFC Dunlap (Ret.)

    I am now channeling my inner “SAC” with Jimmy Stewart (BG Ret.) and June Allyson appliques. At Carswell JRB Ft. Worth the AFRES has a B-36 nose/cockpit for exploring, no fuselage, wings, etc.

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  2. Yeah, that was designed to bomb Germany from North America. Big sucker, ain’t it?
    IIRC, the Air Force Museum has a fuselage to walk thru, doesn’t it? I haven’t been up there in 30 years. (Note to self: go up there, dummy)

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  3. ultimaratioregis

    Damn. That is a hell of a lot of ordnance. Jimmy Doolittle’s raid in a single airplane. Actually, almost twice Doolittle’s raid. And 150 mph faster.

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  4. Usta be one on display at the Greater Southwest Regional Airport (Amon Carter Field, the forerunner to DFW) in the way back when. I grew up in the DFW area not that far from Carswell AFB and the Convair plant where they were built. I can remember the rumble when one would fly over and the rumble could loosen a filling.

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  5. I want to thank you for helping me waste an hour and a half. It’s kinda hard not to follow links to other film that is posted out there in cyber land and I ended up watching the full length piece on the B-36, then another piece on the Mig-25.

    You’re a real friend there Brad :-)

    I really didn’t resist very hard given that I had spent the afternoon working up a test for the Hydraulics and Hydrology course I’m teaching at AB Tech in Asheville. I was pretty much ready to squander a bit of time and relax.

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  6. Jeff Gauch

    US Air Force: When you absolutely need to tell a chunk of countryside “#%*^ YOU!”

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  7. scottthebadger

    Even as part of an entire Wing, the drive from a CONUS AAFB to Germany and back would have been a long lonely trip. I am glad they never had to make it.

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    • They did a few in exercises. And they were long lonely trips. My father’s first tour in Germany we went over and back on old MATS DC 6s and 7s (can’t remember the military designators for those old birds) and those flights were loooooooong. I remember leaving NJ, refueling in Goose Bay, then jumping over to Prestwick Scotland to refuel, then onto Frankfort, and redoing that 3 years later in reverse. I would have hated to do those flights non-stop.

      We kiddies did get taken into the cockpit to see what happened up there. I remember asking what something was on the FE’s panel and being told “it’s a Chinese Television.”

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