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DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J Peacemaker on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J Peacemaker on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J Peacemaker in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J Peacemaker in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker co-pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker co-pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pilot station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker electrical components near the engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker electrical components near the engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker engineer station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker-coffee makers near the Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker-coffee makers near the Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker restroom area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker restroom area at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker Radio Operator's Station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pathway leading to the radar/navigator station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker pathway leading to the radar/navigator station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components in the radar/navigator station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components in the radar/navigator station at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- A view of the Cold War Gallery entrance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- A view of the Cold War Gallery entrance at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J Peacemaker in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J Peacemaker in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (Photo courtesy of John Rossino, Lockheed Martin Code One)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Convair B-36J cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (Photo courtesy of John Rossino, Lockheed Martin Code One)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker instrument components at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Convair B-36J Peacemaker cockpit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Convair B-36J Peacemaker aircraft move from building one to building three in October, 2002 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

 

Responding to the U.S. Army Air Forces' requirement for a strategic bomber with intercontinental range, Consolidated Vultee (later Convair) designed the B-36 during World War II. The airplane made its maiden flight in August 1946, and in June 1948 the Strategic Air Command received its first operational B-36.  Some B-36s served as photographic reconnaissance aircraft, and others were adapted to launch and retrieve specially modified RF-84F/K reconnaissance planes.

Powered by six Pratt & Whitney R-4360 engines, the B-36J cruised at 230 mph, but for additional bursts of speed its four General Electric J47s increased the maximum speed to 435 mph. It carried 86,000 pounds of nuclear or conventional bombs. When production ended in August 1954, more than 380 B-36s had been built for the U.S. Air Force. In 1958-1959, the USAF replaced the B-36 with the all-jet B-52. Although never used in combat, the B-36 was a major deterrent to enemy aggression. Making the last B-36 flight ever, the aircraft on display flew to the museum from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., on April 30, 1959. 

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Maximum speed: 435 mph
Cruising speed: 230 mph
Range: 10,000 miles
Ceiling: 45,700 ft.
Span: 230 ft.
Length: 162 ft. 1 in.
Height: 46 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 410,000 lbs. loaded
Serial number: 52-2220

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