Convair, Consolidated Vultee B-36 Peacemaker

Strategic Bomber

Convair B-36J Peacemaker United States Air Force (USAF) 52-2827 383 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Convair B-36 Peacemaker is a ten-engine long-range heavy strategic bomber aircraft with a maximum weapon-payload of approx. 86,000 lbs (39,000 kg) produced by the US-American manufacturer Convair, Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation. The B-36 is equipped with six radial engines in pusher configuration and four turbojet engines.
The B-36 ist the largest bomber ever operated by the United States.
Crew9
Propulsion6 Radial Engines
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney R-4360-53 Wasp Major
Engine Power (each)2834 kW3800 hp
additonal engines4 Turbojet General Electric J47-GE-19 (23,1 kN / 5200 lbf)
Speed661 km/h357 kts
  411 mph
Service Ceiling12.162 m39.900 ft
Range10.943 km5.909 NM
6.800 mi.
Empty Weight77.580 kg171.034 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight185.973 kg410.000 lbs
Wing Span70,10 m229 ft 12 in
Wing Area443,3 m4772 ft
Length49,40 m162 ft 1 in
Height14,22 m46 ft 8 in
First Flight08.08.1946
Production Statusout of production
Total Production384
Data for (Version)Convair B-36J
VariantsB-36A, B-36B, B-36D, RB-36D, B-36F, RB-36F, B-36H, RB-36H, B-36J

[Photo-ID: 5337] Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Convair B-36J Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 52-2220, c/n 361, Karsten Palt, 2012Convair
B-36J Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 52-2220
c/n: 361
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 5336] Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Convair B-36J Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 52-2220, c/n 361, Karsten Palt, 2012Convair
B-36J Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 52-2220
c/n: 361
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 10958] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Convair B-36J Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 52-2827, c/n 383, Karsten Palt, 2015Convair
B-36J Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 52-2827
c/n: 383
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 10959] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Convair B-36J Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 52-2827, c/n 383, Karsten Palt, 2015Convair
B-36J Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 52-2827
c/n: 383
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 10960] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Convair B-36J Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 52-2827, c/n 383, Karsten Palt, 2015Convair
B-36J Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 52-2827
c/n: 383
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 10961] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Convair B-36J Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 52-2827, c/n 383, Karsten Palt, 2015Convair
B-36J Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 52-2827
c/n: 383
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 13217] Karsten Palt 2016-10-10
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 51-13730, c/n 275, Karsten Palt, 2016Convair
RB-36H Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 51-13730
c/n: 275
 
last remaining RB-36 reconnaissance aircraft
Castle Air Museum [Atwater, CA]
[Photo-ID: 13218] Karsten Palt 2016-10-10
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker, United States Air Force (USAF), 51-13730, c/n 275, Karsten Palt, 2016Convair
RB-36H Peacemaker
United States Air Force (USAF)
Reg.: 51-13730
c/n: 275
 
last remaining RB-36 reconnaissance aircraft
Castle Air Museum [Atwater, CA]