Wednesday, August 10, 2016


I've kinda liked this model since I saw Fail Safe as a kid.

Yikes, you don't see this ejection scheme much anymore. Nice helmet, too.


Comrade Misfit said...

I had no idea that they tried a satellite intercept so early.

LCB said...

In the mid-seventies I met an air force pilot that had flown the B-58 and the B-52. He said the Hustler was a dream to fly...with hydraulic controls, a touch to the stick would send the plane in to a steep turn. But the B-52 was like driving a Mac truck. You'd turn the big wheel, tap your toes for a while, and the the BUFF would slowly start to turn. :-)

He said the 52 was kept over the 58 because of Viet Nam. The Hustler just wasn't good at carrying conventional bombs like the BUFF.

I also remember Air Force planes breaking the sound barrier in SW Ohio when I was a lad. My dad always told me they were Hustlers from a base in Northern Ohio, but I don't know if it's true. We weren't very far from Wright-Patt at Dayton.