Airborne Awesomosity, Big Complicated Machines

The Cold War That Wasn’t – The Convair YB-60

When I grow up I'm gonna ride a nuke from your bomb bay down onto the ground

A young “cowboy”, the son of a member of the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California, looks over the Convair built YB-60 during its visit at Edwards from the Fort Worth, Texas, plant. 1953 – From Wikipedia

The early Cold War years were a time of experimentation and discovery. You know like your college years. It was also a time when companies just tried to extend the lives of their older aircraft or threw some incredibly oddball stuff out there in hopes it would work. These are their stories.

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Startdown: Cool Treads

The B-36 originally was built with ginormous single wheeled landing gear, like over 9 feet diameter tires, which as you might imagine didn’t make for much of a distributed load. The solution ended up being a four wheeled gear system, with the load being spread between the four tires on each […]

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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 […]

Deconstructing Technology

Technology Flow


Technology comes and goes, and sometimes a product or tool or super-mega-future bomber lasts only a few years before it gets eclipsed by the next big thing. Last week, in a sort of round about discussion* about post ideas and spam, skitter and I kicked around the idea of new technology as a rebuttal of existing technology, with the initial thought a focus on changes from bombers to ICBMs. Then it occurred to me, there is also the opportunity to refute the argument entirely, and say the more things change, the more they stay the same. Are the strategic long range B-2s of today really all that different than the strategic long range B-36s of yore? Evolution of technology of revolution? Let us know your thoughts, perhaps we can stimulate a little weekend discussion! To help get those intemperate thoughts in the right frame of reference, hit the just an enjoy some classic Convair B-36 Peacemaker footage from the classic film Strategic Air Command!

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Shutdown: America!

World’s largest warplane. What more must I say?

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The First Of The Deltas: XF-92

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Convair XF-92A


Aircraft development during the 50’s was fast and furious. Technology was changing and evolving at a breakneck pace. During the 40s the future still looked like straight wings. The Germans taught the world that the delta wing would allow them to get past the sound barrier and to move towards the future.


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Flying wings and lobbyists that go bump in the night

Sit back and let me tell you a tale, a tale of two very different companies. One with some very good lobbyists and the other trying to push the state of the art into the future