Range: Anywhere on Earth — and your Air Force has it!
Intercontinental giant — The Consolidated B-36 is the world’s largest bomber. It can carry a 10,000 pound bomb load to a target 5,000 miles away, drop it, and return to base. Equipped with six Pratt & Whitney Wasp Major engines of 3,800 h.p. each, and four J-47 jet engines, it has a top speed of over 435 MPH and flies at an altitude of more than 45,000 feet.
Performance of America’s Long-Range Bombers proves again that: “All the years of work are worth it when the prize is air supremacy.”
In the present emergency, America holds a priceless advantage in the ability of its long-range bombers to deliver a heavy bomb load anywhere on earth.
As America gears up to produce the required quantity of bombers, it can be thankful for the years of work that have gone into ensuring their quality.
This work started ten long years ago — when intercontinental bombers were just a gleam in the Air Force’s eye. In 1941, far-sighted military airmen called for designs of an aircraft capable of carrying devastating bomb loads from advanced bases or from the U.S. itself to targets halfway around the world.
Consolidated Vutee started the design of a new bomber with the then unheard-of range of 10,000 miles. Boeing, producer of the famous Fortresses, planned ways of extending the range of its bombers. The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft division of United Aircraft division of United Aircraft was already at work on a new engine capable of providing the unprecedented power that both of these projects would require.
In 1948, the world’s first intercontinental bombers were delivered to the Air Force. Into their development had gone over eight years and literally millions of man-hours of engineering effort.
But thanks to that effort — and to the foresight of military strategists — it is your Air Force which now has the Consolidated B-36 and the Boeing B-50… and a vital margin of superiority in performance of its long-range bombers.