CONVAIR B-36 PEACEMAKER

B-36 SERVICE

Manufacturer: Convair Aircraft Corp., San Diego, California, USA
Models: Model 36, 37
Designations: B-36; B-60, C-99, X-6
Names: Peacemaker; Convair Crusader (XB-36H), Super Transport (XC-99)
First official flight: (XB-36) 08/08/1946
Factory production period: 1945 - 1954
Primary service period: 1948 - 1959
Last official flight: (B-36J) 04/1959

B-36 VARIANTS

1946 Model 36 XB-36  1  
1947 Model 36 YB-36 1 Total: 002
         
1947 Model 36 B-36A 22  
1948 Model 36 B-36B 62 Total: 084
         
1949 Model 36 B-36D 26  
1949 Model 36 RB-36D 24 Total: 050
         
1951 Model 36 B-36F 36  
1951 Model 36 RB-36F 24 Total: 060
         
1952 Model 36 B-36H 83  
1952 Model 36 RB-36H 73 Total: 156
         
1953 Model 36 B-36J 33 Total: 033

Grand Total: 385

1947 Model 37 XC-99

1

Grand Total: 001

B-36 PRODUCTION

XB-36
Prototype strategic bomber, swept wing, unarmed.
Produced 1945 - 1946

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

42-13570 unknown 1 Total: 001

YB-36
As XB-36, service test aircraft, bubble cockpit.
Produced 1947

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

42-13571 unknown 1 Total: 001

B-36A
As YB-36, crew trainer, modified u/c.
Produced 1947 - 1948

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

44-92004 / 44-92025 1 / 22 22 Total: 022

B-36B
As B-36A, engine upgrade, armed.
59 later modified to B-36D standard.

Produced 1948 - 1951
Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

44-92026 / 44-92087 23 / 84 62 Total: 062
5 additional airframes cancelled.

YB-36C - Proposed prototype with new engines, cancelled.

B-36D
As B-36B, additional 4 jet engines in wing pods.
Produced 1949 - 1951

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

44-92095 / 44-92098 92 / 95    
49-2647 / 49-2668 mixed 96 to 135 26 Total: 026

RB-36D
Strategic reconn. version of B-36D.
Produced 1949 - 1951

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

44-92088 / 44-92094 85 / 91    
49-2686 / 49-2702 mixed 100 to 132 24 Total: 024

B-36F
As B-36D, main engine upgrade.
Produced 1951 - 1952

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

49-2669 / 49-2685 mixed 109 to 170    
50-1064 / 50-1082 mixed 171 to 193 36 Total: 036

RB-36F
Strategic reconn. version of B-36F.
Produced 1951 - 1952

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

49-2703 / 49-2721 mixed 136 to 169    
50-1098 / 50-1102 mixed 174 to 194 24 Total: 024

B-36H
As B-36F, minor changes.
Produced 1952 - 1953

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

50-1083 / 50-1097 mixed 195 to 214    
51-5699 / 51-5742 mixed 218 to 300    
52-1343 / 52-1366 mixed 304 to 350 83 Total: 083

RB-36H
Strategic reconn. version of B-36H.
Produced 1951 - 1953

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

50-1103 / 50-1110 mixed 199 to 217    
51-5743 / 51-5756 mixed 221 to 247    
51-13717 / 51-13741 mixed 249 to 297    
52-1367 / 52-1392 mixed 301 to 349 73 Total: 073

B-36J
As B-36H, strengthened airframe, extra fuel.
Produced 1953 - 1954

Convair Fort Worth, Texas (CF)

52-2210 / 52-2226 351 / 367    
52-2812, 52-2813 368, 369 19  

B-36J-III
Guns deleted for Project Featherweight.

52-2814 / 52-2827 370 / 383 14 Total: 033

 

Grand Total: 385

XC-99 Super Transport
Transport version, double-deck fuselage.
Produced 1946 - 1947

Convair San Diego, California (CO)

43-52436 unknown 1 Grand Total: 001

X-6 - Projected prototype for nuclear powerplant testing, cancelled.

B-36 CONVERSIONS

USAAF / USAF

YB-36A 1 B-36A(44-92004), 1948-1952, undercarriage modification.
ERB-36D 1 RB-36D, conversion to carry the large "Boston Camera".
GRB-36D 10 RB-36D, 1953-1956, conversions for F-84 parasite fighter program.
RB-36E 22 1 YB-36 / 21 B-36A, 1950, jet reconn. conversion, similar to RB-36D.
GRB-36F 13 B-36F, 1952-1953, conversions for F-84 carry and retrieve system.
(JRB-36F) 13 1955, redesignation of GRB-36F.
EB-36H 4 B-36H, conversions for tests.
(JB-36H) 4 1955, redesignation of EB-36H.
DB-36H 3 B-36H, 1953, director aircraft for Bell "Rascal" air-to-ground missile.
Later redesignated as EDB-36H then 2 as JDB-36H.
JRB-36H 2 RB-36H, conversions for high-altitude atomic tests.
XB-36H 1 Convair Crusader
B-36H(51-5712), 1955-1956, test-bed for nuclear powered aircraft.
(NB-36H) 1 1956-1958, redesignation of XB-36H.
GRB-36J 1+ B-36J, conversions for FICON test flying.
YB-60 2 B-36F(49-2676 / 49-2684), 1952-1954, factory modified all-jet version
with redesigned tail. Original designation was YB-36G.

Project Featherweight
 1954, B-36D/F/H/J's, conversions for weight reduction to improve
 performance. Designated Class I, II and III depending on requirements.

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