Aircraft - B-58 Hustler (U.S.A.)
B-58 Hustler with Armaments
Designed to go Mach 2, the B-58 Hustler was the
first supersonic jet bomber. It's range
was limiting because of the speed. It had
to refuel once to have the range that the B-52
had without refueling. It was also very
expensive to manufacture and to maintain.
For these reasons it's service was short-lived.
It became operational by 1960 and was out of
service by 1970.
B-58 Hustler in Flight
Specifications of the B-58 Hustler
Span: 56 ft. 10 in.
Length: 96 ft. 10 in.
Height: 31 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 163,000 lbs. max.
Armament: Designed for one 20mm cannon in
tail; nuclear weapons in pod or on under-wing
pylons (none actually carried on the XB-58)
Engines: Four General Electric J79-GE-1
turbojets of 15,000 lbs. thrust ea. with
Crew: Three - Pilot,
Navigator/Bombardier, Defensive Systems Operator
Maximum speed: 1,325 mph
Cruising speed: 610 mph.
Range: 4,400 miles max. ferry range
Service Ceiling: 64,800 ft.
B-58 on Display