Convair B-36 Peacemaker (1989, Documentary)

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Published on Jul 14, 2020

The Convair B-36 (nicknamed Peacemaker) was a strategic bomber built by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation (Convair) and operated solely by the United States Air Force (USAF). The B-36 was the largest mass-produced piston engined aircraft ever made and the biggest wingspan combat aircraft ever built, although there have been larger military transports. The B-36 was the first bomber capable of delivering thermonuclear weapons from within a fully-enclosed bomb-bay. With a range of over 6,000 miles (9,700 km) and a maximum payload of at least 72,000 lb (33,000 kg), the B-36 was the first operational bomber with an intercontinental range, setting the standard for subsequent USAF long range bombers, such as the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer, and B-2 Spirit.

Great Planes looks into the stories behind the most influential, innovative and intriguing machines that ever took flight. This episode features the Convair P-36 Peacemaker. The huge aircraft boasted six engines and made its mighty presence felt during the Cold War, when the threat of a nuclear war loomed large. The Peacemaker was considered the Cold War's most effective nuclear deterrent. The world's first true intercontinental bomber, the mammoth B36 bomber was capable of flying at 40,000 feet, over 400 mph, and carrying a payload up to 72,000 lbs and was the big stick of the West for much of the Cold War.

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Director: Barry Cawthorn
Producer: Phil Osborn
Narrated by: John Remess

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