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Focusing on its design, development and deployment during the Cold War, this title charts the history of the groundbreaking B-58 Hustler bomber, the first large aircraft capable of Mach 2 at 63,000 feet.

One of the most dramatic bombers of its day, the Convair B-58 came to epitomize the Cold War power of Strategic Air Command. Introduced only 12 years after the sound barrier was first broken, this iconic plane became the first large long-range supersonic bomber to take to the skies, a feat which had seemed far-fetched only a few years previously. Outstripping its contemporaries in terms of speed, and agile enough to escape most interceptors, the B-58 was a remarkable feat of engineering, setting 19 world speed records and collecting a host of trophies. The first operational bomber capable of Mach 2 at 63,000 feet, it was able to evade hostile fighters and represented a serious threat to targets across the Soviet Bloc.
Supported by contemporary first-hand accounts, photography, and full-color illustrations, this study explores the history of this groundbreaking aircraft from its conception to its little-known testing for use in the Vietnam War.

Table of Contents

Delta Design

Making it Work

Test and Development

In Flight

The Mission

Other Roles

1. B-58A physical and performance statistics
2. B-58A units, bases and dates
3. Notable flights and preserved examples
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Product details

Published Oct 29 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472836403
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 130
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Peter E. Davies

Peter E. Davies has specialized in the aircraft of…

Cover illustrator

Gareth Hector

Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international…


Jim Laurier

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