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Martin RB-57A 'Night Intruder'

Description
  Manufacturer:Martin
  Base model:B-57
  Designation:RB-57
  Version:A
  Nickname:Night Intruder
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber
  Modified Mission:Reconnaissance

Specifications
  Length: 65' 6" 19.9 m
  Height:15' 7" 4.7 m
  Wingspan: 64' 0" 19.5 m
  Empty Weight: 26,800 lb 12,154 kg
  Max Weight: 51,000 lb 23,129 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Wright J65-W-5
  Thrust (each): 7,220 lb 3,274 kg

Performance
  Range: 2,300 miles 3,703 km
  Max Speed: 582 mph 937 km/h 506 kt
  Ceiling: 48,000 ft 14,630 m

Known serial numbers
52-1426 / 52-1492

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Glenn L. Martin Aviation MuseumMiddle RiverMaryland
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
Museum of AviationWarner Robins AFBGeorgia
New England Air MuseumWindsor LocksConnecticut
Selfridge Military Air MuseumSelfridge ANG BasMichigan
USAF History and Traditions MuseumSan AntonioTexas
Yankee Air MuseumBellevilleMichigan

RB-57A on display

Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum

Hill Aerospace Museum

Museum of Aviation

New England Air Museum

USAF History and Traditions Museum
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Lt Col Paul J. Wida USAFR Ret
 New Windsor, NY
Janice,
Accident Safety Investigations are considered "protected" information which unfortunately results in much of the information being redacted. I would suggest contacting the Air Force Safety Center and asking where you can obtain a copy of what used to be called the "collateral investigation" report. The Collateral investigation is separate from the Safety Investigation and is convened under a separate authority, but it uses many of the same sources as the Safety Investigation, including witnesses. The information derived during the "Collateral Investigation" does not contain the same protections as the Safety Investigation and will hopefully be able to provide you the information you are seeking in regards to the cause of the accident. A FOIA request may be necessary to obtain the report. Best wishes in your search for closure.
02/27/2014 @ 09:16 [ref: 68370]
 alan shepp, cap.usaf
 san franciso, CA
after Korea, stationed at Stewart AFB with the 4713th Roving Ravens, 1963
02/25/2013 @ 07:58 [ref: 67618]
 Steve Beeny
 Irvine, CA
My name is Steve Beeny, a long time fan of the Canberra aircraft from the UK, now living in California. I am currently writing a book entitled 'The Canberra Experience', telling the story of the men that flew and maintained the aircraft in air forces around the world. Part of the book therefore focuses on the B-57 experience, and I am looking for stories and anecdotes about the Canberra from a personal standpoint. I am particularly interested in the B-57A and RB-57A bubble canopy Canberras, but memories from all variants of the B-57 are more than welcome. Also would love to hear from anyone at Hill AFB in 1971 who remembers the EB-57A and Escapac seat conversion. Also anyone like Bill Shivers who was on Op Redwing and Dominic.

I have a list of opener questions and can happily provide more details if needed.

My contact email is: seedubproject@yahoo.co.uk, and I also have a Facebook page providing more details on the project.
Regards to all.
09/26/2012 @ 11:26 [ref: 67252]
 Bruce Bennett
 Ada, OK
I have a question rather than a comment. Many years ago, probably in the 1970's, I read about a Canberra being modified into a U2-type plane and that the idea for the U2 came from that modified Martin RB57-A. I don't remember where I read about it but I have seen some pictures of the plane that showed very long wings and perhaps some canopy and body modifications for extremely high altitude flight. Have I just imagined I read this or did these modified planes serve as recon planes just before the U2 was put into service in the early 1960's?

Thank you for your help.
02/11/2012 @ 20:34 [ref: 52483]
 Bob Ross, Lt. Col. USAF Retired
 BEAUFORT, SC
[ref: 39796]

Janice E. Arnold-jones
Albuquerque, NM

Suggest you contact Kem Owen he was stationed at Stewart with the 4713th DSES at the time of the accident. I arrived at Stewart a week after the accident, but donít know the details.

Bob Ross

12/04/2011 @ 09:52 [ref: 50975]
 Janice E. Arnold-jones
 Albuquerque, NM
Looking for information about my father, Capt. Robert F. Arnold. He was the pilot of B57 that crashed May 27, 1963 out of Stewart Air Force Base. Have accident report but still more than 85% redacted. Newspaper accounts say plane exploded in air. Would love to complete the picture of my Dad's life and death for his grandchildren. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
06/26/2011 @ 18:02 [ref: 39796]
 Janice E. Arnold-jones
 Albuquerque, NM
Looking for information about my father, Capt. Robert F. Arnold. He was the pilot of B57 that crashed May 27, 1963 out of Stewart Air Force Base. Have accident report but still more than 85% redacted. Newspaper accounts say plane exploded in air. Would love to complete the picture of my Dad's life and death for his grandchildren. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
06/26/2011 @ 18:01 [ref: 39795]
 James Hall (92250B)
 Portage, IN
Was stationed at Hill AFB (4677 DSES) April 1963 to about November 1964, worked in the Personal Equipment shop. Serviced this particular aircraft many times. The designation behind my name indicates My speciality was Personal Equipment Specialist certified in pressure suits. We also worked on the B-57 D models, of which there were two located at Hill AFB.
05/11/2010 @ 05:28 [ref: 26153]
 Robert D. Shaffer
 , CA
I worked on 1492 which is at Hill AFB Museum when it was assigned to the 4677 DSES, Which later become the 17 DSES at Malmstrom AB, Montana.
05/22/2009 @ 09:46 [ref: 24194]
 Cmsgt Earl Boucher
 Soldotna, AK
Stationed at Stewart 63-65 I remember Gene, also remember Hank Kuzwa, Msgt Bennington, Tsgt Faubert Mouse Richards.Crewed 55-4298 E model, it was at Elmendorf 72 along with E model 242. Also stationed at Yokota Japan 61-63 crewed B-57C 53-3840.
04/03/2009 @ 17:32 [ref: 24068]

 

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