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Last time I was at Wright Patterson AFB Museum there was a B-36 inside. If one ever gets a chance to go there, please do. Plan on spending all day. You will never forget it. I've been there many times over the decades.
That's the size of the crew required to change spark plugs after every mission.
Reminds me of a Jimmy Stewart movie.
Maybe this is why:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FJVxtTNjJk
The original "Aluminum Overcast".....
I had the privilege of working with a man who co-piloted one of these. At the time, I did not appreciate the enormity of his service. I can only imagine that there were many levers and gauges involved in flying that plane.
The dials, knobs and levers were left to a flight engineer that had his own panel just aft of the pilot and co-pilot.https://www.flickr.com/photos/cv_dusty/2930958612/
6 turnin' and 4 burnin'....
I'd rather take the B-47 in the background. Though the seats were relatively uncomfortable, from what I've read. That seemed to be a Boeing requirement, some thought.
B-36 was/is this big because the weapon it was designed around was that big. the weapon was the size of a tank car and as heavy as a locomotive and it could carry just two of them. No inflight refueling and would fly until this time tomorrow.