Magnesium Overcast: The Story of the Convair B-36
The Convair B-36 Peacemaker was the ultimate statement of American air power at the beginning of the Cold War. Extensive research at various archives ... Show synopsis The Convair B-36 Peacemaker was the ultimate statement of American air power at the beginning of the Cold War. Extensive research at various archives around the country have uncovered new and previously unpublished details about the B-36 and its derivatives. Among these are the first-ever photos of the never-flown second prototype YB-60 all-jet version, details about Convair's flying-boat version of the XC-99 cargo aircraft, and technical information of the stillborn Variable Discharge Turbine B-36C variant. Includes extensive photographic coverage of the devastating 1952 Texas tornado that severally damaged and grounded a good portion of the B-36 fleet. A detailed serial number list covers each airplane and its final disposition, and a chapter covers the efforts to reclaim and scrap the aircraft as they were taken out of service.