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Convair B-36, XC-99, and YB-60

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B-36 Variants The B-36 Variants Display illustrates some of the different types of Convair B-36 Peacemakers.

Convair B-36

Wingspan: 230 feet

Length: 162 feet

Wing Area: 4770 square feet

Maximum Take-off Weight: 410,000 pounds

Maximum Bomb Payload: 2x 42,000 pound Grand Slam bombs

Powerplant: 6x 3500 hp R4360 radial engines, 4X 5,200 pound J47-GE-19 turbojets

YB-60 Page The YB-60 page shows the all-jet competitor to the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.

Convair XC-99 and Model 37 The XC-99 Transport and Model 37 Airliner Display. The XC-99, serial 43-52436 was the double deck transport variant of the B-36. The Model 37 was a proposed 204-seat transatlantic airliner version of the XC-99.

B-36 Diagrams The B-36 Diagrams Display.

Convair B-36 Survivors The B-36 Survivors Display tells where to find them.

Convair B-36 Wreck Sites The B-36 Accident Reports and Wreck Sites Display tells where to find some less pristine examples.

Meet B-36 Veterans at the B-36 Era and Cold War Forum:

Convair B-36 Links The B-36 Links Page.


Parasite Fighter Program Displays

Three programs were undertaken in the late forties and early fifties to exploit the capability of the B-36 Peacemaker to carry and launch smaller airplanes. Initially, the idea was to provide a fighter escort that could be released by the Peacemaker when it was threatened by enemy fighters. Later programs aimed at extending the range of a fast reconnaissance or nuclear warhead delivery airplane.

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin In 1948 and 1949, a pair of McDonnell XF-85 Goblins were test flown from a Boeing EB-29B.

Project FICON: Fighter Conveyer From 1952 to 1956, the Fighter Conveyer (FICON) program investigated the potential of carrying various models of the Republic F-84 in the bomb bay of a Peacemaker.

Review of Hobbycraft 1/144-scale FICON GRB-36D and RF-84K Hobbycraft has released a 1/144-scale model of the FICON composite aircraft system. I have prepared an illustrated review of the kit.

Project Tom-Tom In 1955 and 1956 Project Tom-Tom explored an alternative method of attaching a Republic RF-84F Thunderflash to each wingtip of a Peacemaker.



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History of Project FICON published as a book.

Flying Aircraft Carriers of the USAF: Project FICON

Flying Aircraft Carriers of the USAF: Project FICON

The book is 172 pages long. It is available softbound with black-and-white printing or hardbound with color printing. The softbound edition is 8-1/2" x 11". It contains 171 photographs and 77 other illustrations.

You can preview the first several pages of the softcover book.

The hardbound edition is 8-1/4" x 10-3/4". It contains 12 color photographs, 165 black-and-white photographs, 8 color illustrations and 69 black-and-white illustrations.

You can preview the first several pages of the hardcover book.

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Project FICON Handbooks

Reprints of the Air Force Flight and Maintenance Handbooks for the GRB-36D.

Project FICON Handbooks=

The book is 236 pages long. It contains:

Utility Flight Handbook USAF Series GRB-36D-III/RF-84F Composite Aircraft

Utility Flight Handbook GRB-36D-III FICON Aircraft

Supplemental Handbook Maintenance Instructions USAF Series GRB-36D-III Aircraft

You can preview the first several pages of the book.

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Project FICON - Fighter Conveyer

2009 Calendar

You can buy a 2009 calendar featuring historic Air Force and Convair photographs of Project FICON Convair GRB-36 carrier aircraft and Republic F-84 parasites.

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Project FICON - Fighter Conveyer

Lockett Books Calendar Catalog: Project FICON - Fighter Conveyer

A dozen Air Force and Convair photographs of Project FICON Convair GRB-36 carrier aircraft and Republic F-84 parasites from 1952 to 1956:

Convair GRB-36F 49-2707 and Republic F-84E Thunderjet 49-2115 at Forth Worth, Texas and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Convair GRB-36F 49-2707 and Republic YRF-84F Thunderstreak 49-2430 at Fort Worth, Texas and Dayton, Ohio
Convair GRB-36D 49-2962 and Republic RBF-84F Thunderflash 52-7266 over Washington State
Convair GRB-36D 49-2694 and Republic RF-84K Thunderflash 52-7258 at Edwards Air Force Base, California

These Air Force and Convair photographs were acquired from the National Museum of the USAF, National Archive, Major Clarence "Bud" Anderson (ret), and Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems.

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Flying Aircraft Carriers of the USAF videos on DVD

Flying Aircraft Carriers of the USAF videos

Five vintage films produced by the Wright Air Development Center that feature Air Force efforts to carry, launch, and retrieve airplanes from giant propeller driven bombers in the early cold war era. These videos were digitized directly from 35mm films in the National Archives. The subjects include the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin in 1948-49, wing tip coupling a Culver Q-14 Cadet and Douglas C-47 Skytrain in 1949, wing tip coupling a pair of Republic F-84D Thunderjets and a Boeing B-29 Superfortress in 1950, and Project FICON, in which a GRB-36F carried an F-84E Thunderjet in 1952.

AMC Pictorial Review Number 8 (10:42)
McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, Northrop XF-89 Scorpion

XF-85 Initial Flight (Silent) (26:59)
McDonnell XF-85 Goblin

Investigation of Aircraft in Coupled Flight (8:11)
Culver Q-14 Cadet and Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Range Extension of Bomber Escort (11:54)
Republic F-84D Thunderjets and Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Reconnaissance Parasite Aircraft (16:29)
Project FICON, Republic F-84E Thunderjet and Convair GRB-36F

Total Running Time: 74:15

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Giant Airplanes of the 1940s

  First Flight Wing Span Length Wing Area Gross Weight Engines
Bristol Brabazon

1949

230ft,00in

177ft,00in

5,317

290,000

8 x 2,650hp Bristol Centaurus
Hughes Flying Boat (Spruce Goose)

1947

320ft,00in

218ft,06in

11,430

300,000

8 x 3,500hp R4360
Convair XC-99

1947

230ft,00in

185ft,00in

4,772

320,000

6 x 3,500hp R4360
Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

1947

172ft,00in

53ft,01in

4,000

194,000

8 x 3,700 lb J-35
Convair B-36

1946

230ft,00in

162ft,01in

4,772

370,000

6 x 3,500hp R4360, 4 x 5,200 lb J-47
Lockheed R6V Constitution

1946

189ft,01in

156ft,01in

3,610

184,000

4 x 3,000hp R4360
Blohm und Voss BV-238

1945

197ft,05in

142ft,8in

3,930

176,400

6 x BMW 801
Douglas DC-6

1946

117ft,06in

100ft,07in

1,463

97,200

4 x 2,100 hp R2800
Douglas C-74 Globemaster

1945

173ft,03in

124ft,02in

2,506

145,000

4 x 3,000hp R4360
Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter/Stratotanker

1945

141ft,03in

110ft,04in

1,738

120,000

4 x 3,000hp R4360
Lockheed 049 Constellation

1943

123ft,00in

95ft,02in

1,650

86,200

4 x 2,000 hp R3350
Martin JRM Mars

1942

200ft,00in

117ft,00in

3,683

144,000

4 x 2,000 hp R3350
Douglas DC-4

1942

117ft,06in

93ft,10in

1,460

73,000

4 x 1,350 hp R2000
Douglas XB-19

1941

212ft,00in

132ft,00in

4,492

164,000

4 x 2,000 hp R3350
Tupolev Ant-20bis

1940

206ft,08in

111ft,11in

5,231

99,200

6 x 1,200 hp M-34FRNV
Blohm und Voss BV-222

1940

150ft,11in

120ft

2,744

108,000

6 x 1,000 hp BMW-Bramo Fafnir 323R

Books about B-36 Peacemakers available from

Dennis Jenkins' Magnesium Overcast Dennis Jenkins has produced another large B-36 book: Magnesium Overcast.

Meyers Jacobsen's Convair B-36 Peacemaker: A Photo Chronicle Meyers Jacobsen has authored another book about the Convair B-36 Peacemaker: A Photo Chronicle.

Convair B-36 Convair B-36 : A Comprehensive History of America's 'Big Stick by Meyers K. Jacobsen. Mr. Jacobsen has been compiling this history for at least a quarter of a century.

Warbird Tech: Convair B-36 Peacemaker Warbird Tech: Convair B-36 Peacemaker . This volume by Dennis Jenkins contains a surprising amount of information that did not get into "The Big Stick".

Dueling CD-ROMs

B-36: Saving the Last Peacemaker The history of the efforts to preserve B-36J, 52-22827 at Fort Worth is well documented in "B-36: Saving the Last Peacemaker"; Second Edition, an html book on CD. This CD-ROM is viewed with your internet browser.

B-36: Moving the Last Peacemaker B-36: Moving the Last Peacemaker. These 875 photos show photographically the effort expended by all of the volunteers over a nine year period to save the aircraft. This CD-ROM is a self contained slide show that does not require a browser to view.


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