Convair YB-60

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Gotta love the "cut and paste" method used to increase the sweep of the wing! ;D
 

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Now where did I put that monogram B-36 kit I got going spare... ;D ;)


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Did they plan to remove all or reduce any those Double pop up defensive turrets? or was the B-60 to be manned with same full 9 crew.
it would have still been a heavy beast in comparison to Boeings rival B-52. perhaps not so many engine fires as before.
Does anyone have any performance comparisons between the 2 big bombers had the b-36 all gone to this conversion?
Great images as usual, Regards to all.
 

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And Mike Herril, Execuform Models, has the vac conversion for it. :)

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Now where did I put that monogram B-36 kit I got going spare... ;D ;)


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Zeppelin said:
Did they plan to remove all or reduce any those Double pop up defensive turrets? or was the B-60 to be manned with same full 9 crew.
it would have still been a heavy beast in comparison to Boeings rival B-52. perhaps not so many engine fires as before.
Does anyone have any performance comparisons between the 2 big bombers had the b-36 all gone to this conversion?
Great images as usual, Regards to all.
They never quite made up their minds on that. Initially, the aircraft was supposed to have had the full outfit of 16 20mm guns. Then all but the tail pair were deleted, then the guns were reinstated except for the nose guns that may have been replaced by a flight refuelling receptacle, then the guns were deleted again (retaining the tail guns) then some were reinstated. Accounts vary as to which guns were reinstated but it appears that eight - ten 20mm guns were to be retained. These may have been the forward four and the above or below fuselage aft guns or the complete aft ring.

The plusses of the B-60 were that it was less expensive than the B-52 (it was about 60 percent of the price) it had a lot of commonality with the B-36 which meant many existing spares were usable and it had a huge bomb bay (more than twice the capacity of the B-52)

The negatives of the B-60 were that it was 100mph slower, had a ceiling 5,000 feet lower and it had stability and buffeting problems. A subtle problem was that it shared the very light airframe of the B-36 (the B-36 gained its remarkable high-altitude performance by being built very light to save weight. That gave it a limited airframe life). Most of the B-36s were worn out after six or seven years in service and there's no reason to think the B-60 would have been any different.
 

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...A few clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFWH8aaQkmk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LazT2o7WHUA&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtVCRnTgoco&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRiiULLCRZ0&feature=related
 

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From all the documentation I've ever read on the subject there was never a second YB-60 fully completed. This photo provided by Code One clearly shows a second YB-60 on the ramp. -SP
 

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Hi XB-70 Guy.
Very nice picture, never seen the second YB-70 in a photograph.
Baugher mentions that the second airframe was 95% complete, but no engines and Government supplied equipment were fitted.
 

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Before it became known as the B-60... A first impression from Aviation Week, 26 March 1951.
 

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"Sketch of turbotrop-engined B-60 was in AW Nov.20..." - from text under picture. Can you present it, too
 

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PlanesPictures said:
"Sketch of turbotrop-engined B-60 was in AW Nov.20..." - from text under picture. Can you present it, too
Sorry, I do not have the November 20, 1950 issue of Aviation Week and Space Technology...
 

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walter said:
Hi XB-70 Guy.
Very nice picture, never seen the second YB-70 in a photograph.
Baugher mentions that the second airframe was 95% complete, but no engines and Government supplied equipment were fitted.
I've seen his story on the second YB-60 only being 95% completed. But a picture truly "is worth a thousand words." -SP
 

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Sorry, I do not have the November 20, 1950 issue of Aviation Week and Space Technology...
Chip 'n Dale on rescue...
 

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CONVAIR YB-60 AIRCRAFT DESCRIPTIVE DATA:

Source: http://www.ebay.ie/itm/CONVAIR-YB-60-AIRCRAFT-DESCRIPTIVE-DATA-/301342367699?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4629679fd3
 

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From the book ; Convair YB-60,Fort Worth Overcast.
 

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