Convair B-58 by Jay Miller

By Jay Miller

Convair B-58 (Aerofax Aerograph №4)

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By September, nacelles, I characteristics specification. Unfortunately, though there was an attempt to clarify the matter once and for all, it was not until the end of 1953 that a firm set of specifications were formulated. Earlier, in January, 1953, the WADC about its B-58 program AF had asked plans. The the WADC presented a schedule which called for the completion of the first production aircraft in January, 1956. The first 30 aircraft would be used for test and development; of these, the first 18 would be powered by P&W J57-P-15 engines, while those that followed would have the J79-GE-1 (known in its prototype form as the X24A).

The the WADC presented a schedule which called for the completion of the first production aircraft in January, 1956. The first 30 aircraft would be used for test and development; of these, the first 18 would be powered by P&W J57-P-15 engines, while those that followed would have the J79-GE-1 (known in its prototype form as the X24A). Twelve aircraft, numbers 19 through 30, would get 50 hour J79's while the remainder would receive 150 hour Another view of the September, 1953. ; ,_, lail turret arrangement, the landing gear wing fairings, and the permissible ground cleartnice with the aircraft in a fully rotated takeoff position are visible.

Gram on the XB-58 and XRB-58 which were, by then, approved by the Air Force. WADC commander, Maj. Gen. Albert Boyd's comment of "Good" was written across the message that Conhad signed the contract on the afternoon of February 12, 1953. To all involved, this implied a firm go-ahead for the program and a strong indication that a major milestone in the history of the world's first supersonic bomber had been reached. Selection of the design for the B-58, though narrowed to several basic configuration concepts, was the next major step in the program.

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