Title: Convair B-58 Hustler

The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational supersonic jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. The aircraft was developed for the USAF service in the Strategic Air Command during 1960’s. First flown in 1956 it used a delta wing, which was also used by Convair fighters such as the F-102 , with four J79 engines in pods under the wing. It carried its nuclear weapon plus fuel in a large external pod rather than in an internal bomb bay. Replacing the Boeing B-47 medium bomber, it was originally intended to fly at high altitudes and supersonic speeds to avoid enemy fighters. The B-58 was notorious for it’s sonic boom, which was often heard by the public as it passed overhead in supersonic flight.

The introduction of highly accurate Soviet surface-to-air missiles forced the B-58 into a low-level penetration role that severely limited its range and strategic value, especially as it was never employed to deliver conventional bombs. This resulted in only a brief operational career between 1960 and 1969, when the B-58 was succeeded by the smaller, swing-wing FB-111 .

This title contains the USAF flight manuals for the fabulous Mach 2 General Dynamics Convair B-58 Hustler. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and include any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • USAF Utility Flight Manual for the RB/B-58A, T.O. 1B-58A-1 dated 22-5-59, with approx. 282 pages.
  • USAF Flight Manual for the B-58A, T.O. 1B-58A-1 dated 28-3-69, with approx. 426 pages.
  • USAF B-58A Flight Manual Supplement – Performance Data, T.O. B-58(A)-1-1 dated 13-5-66, with approx. 410 pages.
  • USAF Partial Flight Manual for the TB-58A, T.O. 1B-58(T)A-1, dated 10-5-68 revised to 28-3-69, with approx. 170 pages. This partial flight manual covers the differences between the TB-58 and the B-58.
  • USAF Crew Rescue and Firefighting Handbook for the B-58, AFP 92-1-4 dated 20-2-59 with approx. 24 pages.