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  •  It was hideously expensive, (0+ / 0-)

    both to build and to operate. And it was pretty inflexible operationally, built only to fly kind far, really fast, and drop one big nuke. They did put 4 hardpoints on the rear of the wing later on, for 4 more nukes. But it couldn't do much at low altitude, had no guns, no weapons bay. It had a big pod for fuel and the one big nuke.

    I think it actually served around 10 years, but not too many for the first few years.

    the Wiki on it says the unit cost was about 12.4 million (in about 1960), and operational cost was about 3 times that of the B-52.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:34:18 PM PST

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    •  Old Wings Magazine (1+ / 0-)
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      58's served for about 20 years, but only 4 years front line, I think I read it in Wings Mag about 15 yrs ago, still have that issue in a box.

      Yeah thats right - the one big nuke in the belly pod thinga ma jig.

      But she sure was pretty.....

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:19:00 PM PST

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      •  Great mag, I have all of them from early 1971 (1+ / 0-)
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        thru the end, that and their alternate sister Airpower. I think they ceased publication in around 2007 or so.

        The B-58 program itself started in 1949, the same year I was born. They dithered around for quite a while, then settled on a design around 1952. First flight was Nov 1956, flight test ended April 1959, final one rolled off the assembly line Oct 1962, and then the program ended in 1970 when they all ended up in the boneyard at Davis Monthan. When I was in the AF at D-M starting in 1972 the fleet was still there. They were finally scrapped in 1977. I read all this in the wikipedia on the B-58, but it confirms what I remembered about it from following the program over the years.

        Anyway, the entire program went for about 20 years, as you say. But they were only flying for about 14 of that, counting the prototypes.

        Moderation in most things.

        by billmosby on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 08:59:34 PM PST

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