Convair GRB-36J 'Peacemaker'

  Base model:B-36
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance
  Status:Permanently Grounded
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  Length: 162' 1" 49.4 m
  Height:46' 9" 14.2 m
  Wingspan: 230' 70.1 m
  Wingarea: 4,772.0 sq ft 443.2 sq m
  Empty Weight: 171,035 lb 77,566 kg
  Gross Weight: 410,000 lb185,941 kg

  No. of Engines: 6
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-4360-53 (& 4 5,200Lb J47-GE-19)
  Horsepower (each): 3800

  Range: 6,800 miles 10,950 km
  Cruise Speed: 391 mph 370 km/h 200 kt
  Max Speed: 411 mph 661 km/h 357 kt
  Climb: 1,920 ft/min 585 m/min
  Ceiling: 39,000 ft 11,887 m


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 steve stockford
 , SK
hi,in a recent email i said a b36 had flown directly accross raf abingdons flightpath and almost took our roof off,ever since then i've wondered exactly what was going on,because it was the only time i ever recalled an aircraft ,(especially an american strategic bomber!!),flying in that direction (at that height!),now that i've read the report on the b36 that crashed at lacock,wiltshire,uk. ie the crew bailed out in 3 counties,and the aircraft flew 30 miles before crashing,i believe that could well have been the aircraft in question. unfortunately i dont know the date of my sighting,but i believe there must be a good chance because of the unusual circumstances,steve of hemel
07/28/2004 @ 14:12 [ref: 7932]
 steve stockford
 london, OTH
hi there,as a kid of 8 or 9yrsold ,i was out in a field,when i heard this drone ,looking up i could see a massive trail of black smoke,i knew it was an aircraft because we would see the u.s.a.f.aircraft (which always veered away a couple of miles before us) it turned out to be a b36 from either brize norton or fairford? one day ,i was looking after my aunts son,when they came running in steve ...outside quick! ..within seconds a b36 almost took our roof off,(i presume there was a problem,they never ever went in that direction.at the time i lived in cumnor a village nr raf abingdon,oxfordshire, it was great place for aircraft fans.my best memories are of the b36,b47,b52,(usaf)hastings,beverly,belfast,hercules(raf),if only we could have filmed it all!!hope you find this interesting,steve
06/26/2004 @ 17:45 [ref: 7701]
 George Quil
 , CA
The GRB-36 is a unusual idea to carry a small RF-84 under the aircraft for recon. never the less it was in service for about a year! Truely an aircraft for the history books.
11/25/2002 @ 02:06 [ref: 6142]
 Paul Moran
 , QC
I became interested in the B36 as a boy in the early Fifties when one flew over my home town, St.Ives in Cornwall, England. I bought the aircraft book,The Observers Book of Aircraft, for 1954 and 1955; both had a picture of the GRB-36J uplifting the Republic RF-84F Thunderflash. I would like to know more of this audacious configuration and its programme; what was it like flying a RF-84F so close to The Bic Stick ? Did the incredible system work? How did the pilots keep their trousers clean?!! Are their any photos apart from the one I have mentioned? An amazing aircraft with the most amazing 2- aircraft configuration. Incidently, one crashed near Chippenham in the early fifties, at Pitters Farm, Lacock,( details on theWeb). Cheers Paul Moran
05/04/2001 @ 09:35 [ref: 2213]


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