Airborne Awesomosity

Atomic Fission – When The Nuke Needs To Be There Yesterday:The Convair B-58 Hustler

Convair B-58 Hustler

 

During the cold war we found that the best way a bomber could penetrate enemy defenses was to go higher and faster the defenses of the day. With this in mind the US Air Force accepted one of the better bombers of its time period that most people have never heard of. Capable of mach two while flying above sixty thousand feet, the B-58 showed the way to the future.

 

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Saturday Morning Commercial

Most every company uses some for of advertising, but certainly not all ads and commercials are created equally. Sometimes it is the high level of creativity of the ad itself, but sometimes, every now and then, it is simply that the product being advertised is just so crazy awesome there really is no […]

Airborne Awesomosity

Bears in the Air

B-58-Bear-Ejection-Seat

It seems safe to say that around these parts many of us enjoy and appreciate the unique features of the Convair B-58. One such interesting feature was the development of a survivable supersonic ejection seat. The early versions of the plane had standard ejection seats, but there were many questions as to whether an aircrew member would live through an ejection at supersonic speeds, especially at very high altitudes. Convair worked with the Stanley Aircraft Corporation to develop ejection pods that would jettison the crew in completely self contained pods.

B-58-Ejection-Sled B-58-Ground-Ejection
A high speed sled was built for seat testing, as well as ground test launches, but how better to test the survival pods at the edges of their rated limits than to simply test them in flight? Of course, then the problem becomes, who do you put into the seat to ensure you get viable data? The answer–bears.

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