CONVAIR B-58 HUSTLER
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.