The B-36 was a huge lumbering bomber filled with piston and jet engines.
During the 1950s they filled the skies over the US and abroad with their
ability to fly for thousands of miles without stopping. The distinctive
sound and silhouette (OK, more like an eclipse) was unique and could be
discerned from miles away. But with the advent of the jet engine and air-to-air
refueling, plus the increase in performance of bomber interceptors numbered
the days of this giant plane.
After the B-36 was retired from service, nearly all of them were broken
up for scrap. The aluminum alone from one B-36 could probably make a hundred
cars, so there wasn't much effort to save any for posterity. One was saved
for display at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson and another was
left at Dallas/Fort Worth. It's this last example that this CD talks about.
The plans for this last one were impressive to say the least. Initially,
the group who tried to save the plane wanted to restore it to flying condition
and fly it out of the airfield it was at. From those beginnings the entire
history of saving this plane is recorded in both text and pictures. As
an added bonus there are also some recordings of what a B-36 actually
sounded like, something you can't experience in a printed book.
The CD-ROM format makes for a slightly different reading style, but
if you don't like sitting in front of the screen and reading you can always
print out a hard copy for yourself. This is an extremely interesting bit
of history captured well and if you have an interest in this big giant
be sure to check this one out.