Speed... by AliceFromLake ()
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The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. The aircraft was designed by Convair engineer Robert H. Widmer and developed for the United States Air Force for service in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the 1960s. It carried a nuclear weapon and fuel in a combination bomb/fuel pod under the fuselage, rather than in an internal bomb bay. The B-58 was notorious for its sonic boom, which was often heard by the public as it passed overhead in supersonic flight. The introduction of highly-accurate Soviet surface-to-air missiles forced the B-58 into a low-level-penetration role that severely limited its range and strategic value, and it was never employed to deliver conventional bombs. This resulted in only a brief operational career between 1960 and 1970.
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As with many U.S. military projects back in those days, politics played a big role in the history of this great plane. Further digging by you and your followers will find a very interesting, yet common story for the "Hustler". I love your presentation, by the way!