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Cold War Peacemaker: The Story of Cowtown's Convair B-36 (Due March 2010)

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Cold War Peacemaker: The Story of Cowtown and Convair's B-36

New from by Dennis R. Jenkins and Don Pyeatt.

# Hardcover: 228 pages
# Publisher: Specialty Press (1 Mar 2010)
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 1580071279
# ISBN-13: 978-1580071277

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-War-Peacemaker-Cowtown-Convairs/dp/1580071279/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255822175&sr=1-1
 

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anything new since Jenkins "Magnesium Overcast"?
 

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From Specialty Press

Few airplanes in history have captured the imagination like Convair's B-36 Peacemaker. The world's first intercontinental bomber served as a strategic deterrent against possible nuclear war and projected the global reach of the Air Force's new Strategic Air Command during the opening years of the Cold War. While many books have been written about this aircraft, none has ever told one of the most intriguing aspects of the B-36 story – the place where the airplane came to be designed, manufactured, and test flown. Once known as “Cowtown” for its abundance of cattle farms, Fort Worth, Texas, became home to the Convair plant adjacent to Carswell AFB, and will forever be linked with the B-36's place in history. This book tells not only the story of this airplane's technical aspects, but also the political and social events that led to its development, the establishment of Fort Worth as its production site, and newly discovered technical information as well.
 

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but also the political and social events that led to its development

That sounds interesting, I'll keep an eye on it
 

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Got it in today. I don't have his two earlier books on the B-36 but I've seen the photo scrapbook. This book gets into the history of Ft. Worth and how Consolidated came to build a factory there. As far as projects, there's a picture of the Boeing Model 497 model with Rascal and Navaho missiles, a cargo pod, and a relative smaller(but still large) twin engine parasite bomber with a V-tail. Also has a drawing of a B-36 carrying an air-launched SM-62 Snark.
 

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AL said:
Got it in today. I don't have his two earlier books on the B-36 but I've seen the photo scrapbook. This book gets into the history of Ft. Worth and how Consolidated came to build a factory there. As far as projects, there's a picture of the Boeing Model 497 model with Rascal and Navaho missiles, a cargo pod, and a relative smaller(but still large) twin engine parasite bomber with a V-tail. Also has a drawing of a B-36 carrying an air-launched SM-62 Snark.

Are you saying here that the Boeing Model 497 was to carry some smaller parasite bomber? Or did I get this wrong?
 

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Yes. It reminds me of the Daimler Benz Project 'A' including the fixed landing gear. The Model 497 shown has 6 turboprop engines. The parasite bomber appears to be a little larger than say the XB-51.
 

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A single photo titled "Boeing 497 Display Model - Parasite Vehicles 2-24-51 11765".
Photo shows mother aircraft, cargo pod, 3 Rascal missiles, one Navaho missile, and the parasite aircraft.
Photo credited to Air Force Historical Research Ageny Collection.
 

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AL said:
A single photo titled "Boeing 497 Display Model - Parasite Vehicles 2-24-51 11765".
Photo shows mother aircraft, cargo pod, 3 Rascal missiles, one Navaho missile, and the parasite aircraft.
Photo credited to Air Force Historical Research Ageny Collection.

Ah. Probably this photo (scanned at the Boeing archives):
 

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air-launched SM-62 Snark

any information about that variant?
A sort of Raduga Kh-20 equivalent?
external-belly carried in the B-36?
 

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It's the later N-69 version, not the N-25. The drawing shows it on trapeze below the bombay and would held in a nose high attitude for launching.
 

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Review from Amazon:

What, another book about the B-36? It's not exactly aviation's best-known subject--not like the North American P-51 Mustang or the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, for example--but Convair's huge intercontinental-range strategic bomber has gotten its fair share of press in the last decade or so. There's Meyers K. Jacobsen's superb 400-page magnum opus "Convair B-36: A Comprehensive History of Americas Big Stick" (1997), Dennis R. Jenkins' short but useful "Convair B-36 Peacemaker" (1999) (Volume 14 in the Specialty Press Warbird Tech Series) and his outstanding, heavily illustrated "Magnesium Overcast" (2001), among others. Now comes "Cold War Peacemaker." Do aviation enthusiasts really need another book about the big rumbling aerial behemoth?

If you don't have any or all of the other books mentioned, it's a no-brainer decision. Pick up a copy of "Cold War Peacemaker" immediately. It's a fascinating, detailed history that covers virtually every aspect of the bomber's design, development, flight test, production, deployment, variants, upgrades, operations--literally everything you'd want to know about the thundering Peacemaker. Its superbly illustrated with hundreds of sharp black-and-white photos and line drawings, plus a 19-page color section. As a bonus, the 30-page Chapter 1 relates the history of Fort Worth and describes the rise of the aviation industry in "Cowtown," a subject on which the other books are silent. Here's the complete Table of Contents:

Chapter 1--Cowboys to Cockpits: Aviation Comes to Fort Worth (Page 16)
Chapter 2--Consolidated B-36: A True Intercontinental Bomber (46)
Chapter 3--The Bleeding Edge: 1940s High Technology (108)
Chapter 4--Conflict Unfinished: A Chilly Peace and a Cold War (128)

But then there are some great Appendices:

Appendix A--The First Wide-Body: The San Diego Built XC-99 (176)
Appendix B--Unworthy Competitor: The All-Jet YB-60 (184)
Appendix C--Dream Unrealized: Atomic-Powered Aircraft (192)
Appendix D--Completely Different: Track Landing Gear (200)
Appendix E--Stillborn Concept: Pratt & Whitney VDT Engines (208)
Appendix F--Ahead of Its Time: Bell GAM-63 Rascal (212)
Appendix G--Bizarre Concept: Parasites and Other Coupling Ideas (220)

The authoritative narrative and crisp photos (with detailed captions) in these sections are sure to make any airplane geek salivate. Plus there are nine pages of detailed endnotes that cite sources and expand on the main text.

Okay, so you should definitely buy "Cold War Peacemaker" if it's to be your only B-36 book. But what if, like me, you already have the other books mentioned, or even more? Should you add this one to your collection? Well, I'm such a fan of the B-36 that I simply had to have this volume in my aviation library, and I never regretted buying it. I suspect most other aviation buffs will feel the same. Even if you already own some B-36 books, there's no reason not to buy "Cold War Peacemaker." Although much of the story and many of the photos have appeared elsewhere, there's enough new material in it to make it a must-have. Its great stuff, and I recommend it highly.
 
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