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2017-11-20

BACKGROUND  NOTES

 
     
 

CONVAIR  B-58A  Hustler

 
     
  The story which did happen ... outside Atlantic Air Combat  
     
  See also : Related page :  BB58A10 Hassler Notes  
  Sources :  www.spyflight.co.uk  http://b-58hustler.com  http://b-58.com/  www.joebaugher.com  

INTRODUCTION

The Convair B-58A was a Mach 2 nuclear bomber used by the USAF in the 1960s in two Bomber Wings.  Initially, it carried a single warload in combined fuel/weapon MB-1C pod.  Out of the 103 production airframes, 17 were ordered as RB-58A strategic reconnaissance bomber which were scheduled to be equipped with a specific MC-1A photo-reconnaissance pod.  The cancellation of th MC-1A programme lead these airframes to  be converted to standard B-58A bombers.  However, as from 1964 the 43rd BW operated a modified MB-1C pod turned into a low altitude photo-reconnaissance suite, the LA-331, with 48 of the Wing's airframes being modified to operate them.

The weight breakdown of the strike pod could be seen as follows :

MB-1C (empty) 2,500 lb
Warhead W39Y1-1 8,260 lb 10,760 lb
Fuel (JP-4) 4,172 US gal 27,327 lb 38,087 lb

Some time during its operational life, the B-58A were donned with a two compartments pod carrying less fuel, and with underwing pylons to carry a total of four Mk43 nuclear bombs to supplement the single weapon carried internally.  The carrying and release of conventional weapons from these pylons was tested and cleared but the idea of using the type for low altitude conventional strike was abandoned.

Country

Op Role

QTY

Aircraft

Name

1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
-

-

-

2

XB-58A

Hustler

1960 1970         1960 >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
-

-

-

11

YB-58A

Hustler

1960 1970         1960 >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
-

-

-

TR

(8)

TB-58A

Hustler

1960 1970         1960 >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
-

-

-

BB

86

B-58A

Hustler

1960 1970         1960 >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
-

-

-

BR

17

RB-58A

Hustler

1960 1970           1961 == == == == == ==
-

-

-

BR

(48)

RB-58A

Hustler

1964 1970                 1964 == == ==

The Hustler in Atlantic Air Combat™

The B-58A will inspire an AAC™ bomber design, the BB58A10 Hassler, based on externally carried weapons and an optional fuel/reconnaissance pod with fictional secondary roles beyond the historic nuclear strike and strategic reconnaissance.

The Hassler  External Pylons

In AAC™, the aircraft will be equipped with 3 sets of pylons for the following types of loads, with several TER being carried on the main pylon:

1. Fuselage
Value: 38,000 lb
(×1) - fuel/recce pod
- rocket pod
- gun pod
4,172 US gal
1 × 1,222 lb
1 × 1,702 lb
4,172 US
RP7036
G1M61A
(15792 litres)
36×70mm
-
or
and
and
-
4 × 3,750 lb
3 × 3,750 lb
3,474 gal
Mk117
Mk117
(15772 litres)
-
-
- bombs
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
5 × 3,000 lb
3 × 2,000 lb
21 × 1,000 lb
5 × 3,750 lb
21 × 3,500 lb
21 ×
3,250 lb
Mk118
Mk084
Mk066
Mk117
Mk064
Mk057
-
-
7×TER
-
7×TER
7×TER
or
or
or
or
or
or
-
-
15 × 1,000 lb
21 × 3,750 lb
21 × 3,500 lb
21 × 3,250 lb
-
-
Mk083
Mk117
Mk082
Mk081
-
-
5×TER
7×TER
7×TER
7×TER
2. Inner wing
Value: 9000 lb
(×2) - rocket pod
- gun pod
1 × 1,222 lb
1 × 1,702 lb
RP7036
G1M61A
36×70mm
-
and
and
2 × 3,750 lb
2 × 3,750 lb
Mk117
Mk117
-
-
- missiles
- "
2 × 1,785 lb
2 × 3,940 lb
AGM12C
ARM76A
Air-to-Surface
Anti-Radar
or
or
-
2 × 3,818 lb
-
AAM47A
-
Air-to-Air
- bombs
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
-
-
-
3 × 3,750 lb
3 × 3,500 lb
3 ×
3,250 lb
-
-
-
Mk117
Mk064
Mk057
-
-
-
-
-
-
or
or
or
or
or
or
2 × 2,060 lb
2 × 2,000 lb
2 × 1,000 lb
-
9 × 3,500 lb
9 × 3,250 lb
B43M1
Mk084
Mk083
-
Mk082
Mk081
Nuke
-
-
3×TER
3×TER
3. Outer wing
Value: 1500 lb
(×2) - rocket pod 1 × 1,222 lb RP7036 36×70mm or - - -
- missiles
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
1 × 3,940 lb
2 × 3,390 lb
2 × 3,435 lb
1 × 3,435 lb
1 × 3,390 lb
1 × 3,390 lb
ARM76A
ARM45A
AAM07E
AAM07E
ARM45A
AGM45C
Anti-Radar
Anti-Radar
Air-to-Air
Air-to-Air
Anti-Radar
Air-to-Surface
or
or
or
and
and
and
1 × 3,818 lb
2 × 3,390 lb
2 × 3,155 lb
1 × 3,155 lb
1 × 3,155 lb
1 × 3,155 lb
AAM47A
AGM45C
AAM09B
AAM09B
AAM09B
AAM09B
Air-to-Air
Air-to-Surface
Air-to-Air
Air-to-Air
Air-to-Air
Air-to-Air
- bombs
- "
- "
- "
1 × 1,000 lb
1 × 3,750 lb
1 × 3,500 lb
1 ×
3,250 lb
Mk066
Mk117
Mk064
Mk057
-
-
-
-
or
or
or
or
1 × 1,000 lb
-
3 × 3,500 lb
3 × 3,250 lb
Mk083
-
Mk082
Mk081
-
-
1×TER
1×TER

Notes

- vintage bombs (Mk057 ... Mk066) are only mentioned pour mémoire 
- rocket and/or gun pods are an unlikely cheat to make the BB58A10 an attack  aircraft - then only associated with a restricted bomb load
- long range anti-radar missiles added to allow the aircraft to perform LR interdiction strikes; other air-to-ground missiles then added
- air-to-air missiles are another unlikely cheat - allows a 2nd (Western) airframe for high speed, high altitude interception

MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Fuel Capacity

The forward portion of both wings, as well as the fuselage volume between bulkheads 5 and 6 comprised the forward tank, which could accommodate up to 3202 US gallons of fuel

3202 USgal
The aft portion of both wings and the fuselage volume between bulkheads 9 and 12 comprised the aft tank, which was capable of carrying up to 5893 US gallons of fuel 5893 USgal
The fuselage section between bulkheads 6 and 8 comprised the 610-gallon reservoir tank 610 USgal
The fuselage section between bulkheads 12 and 19 comprised the 1219-gallon balance tank 1219 USgal
POD : MB or LA types : 4172 US gallons 4172 USgal
POD : TCP 3885 US gallons pm
TOTAL 15096 USgal
General Specifications

Powerplants: Four General Electric J79-GE-5A/5B axial flow turbojets, each rated at 9700 lb.s.t. normal power, 10,300 lb.s.t. military power, and 15,600 lb.s.t. maximum afterburner. Performance: Maximum speed: Mach 2.2 at 40,000 feet, Mach 0.91 at sea level. Cruising speed 521 knots. Takeoff ground roll 7850 feet at 160,000 pounds. Landing ground roll 2615 feet at 63,100 pounds. Maximum initial climb rate 38,650 feet per minute at sea level. An altitude of 30,000 feet could be attained in 11.2 minutes. Normal cruise altitude 38,450 feet. Target area altitude was 55,900 feet. Combat ceiling 63,400 feet. Maximum ferry range 4100 nautical miles. Weights: 55,650 pounds empty (without pod). Maximum gross weight 176,890 pounds (in flight). 63,100 pounds landing weight. Dimensions: Wingspan 56 feet 9.9 inches, length 96 feet 9.4 inches, height 29 feet 11 inches, wing area 1364.69 square feet. Armament: One General Electric T-171E-3 remotely-contolled cannon in tail with 1200 rounds. Offensive weapons consisted of one MB-1C pod containing a W39Y1-1 variable-yield thermonuclear warhead, or a a Two-Component Pod with a Mk.53 thermonuclear warhead. In addition, four Mk.43 thermonuclear weapons could be carried on external pylons underneath the wings between the fuselage and the main landing gear bays.

 
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