The Convair B-58 Hustler, designed by American aircraft manufacturer Convair and manufactured by Consolidated at Fort Worth, TX, was the first operational bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. Developed in the 1950s, it was used as a nuclear weapon carrier by the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War until 1970. A total of 116 aircraft were built, 30 of them test and 86 series machines. The introduction of new anti-aircraft systems in the USSR (especially SA-2 Guideline) quickly ruins the strategic advantage of the B-58. The high operating and maintenance costs ultimately led to the end of the program and from 1965 to the gradual decommissioning of the Convair B-58. As far as I know there are 8 surviving aircraft. A little more information can be found in the placemarks.
55-0663 Grissom Air Museum, Peru, Indiana (This is the oldest remaining aircraft)
55-0668 Little Rock Air Force Base , Jacksonville, Arkansas
55-0665 Edwards Air Force Base, California
55-0666 Castle Air Museum Atwater, California ( Under restoration)
59-2437 Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
59-2458 National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
61-2059 Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum Ashland, Nebraska
61-2080 – Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, Arizona (It was the last B-58 to be delivered)
KitsuneFox: syzygy - posts I have made here do not receive much attention. I may do a detailed writeup of the now lost Edgemont Park in PA, one of the first electrified trolley parks in the world, but still debating. I'm missing 1 key bit of information.
Aug 17, 2021 10:38:20 GMT
syzygy: BRUTAL! Cars as if were matchboxes in a model town... Brilliant infos you share here in shoutbox - why not you post these?
Aug 16, 2021 17:36:00 GMT
KitsuneFox: In the early morning, before sunrise, of Augusts 11th, 12th, and 13th is reported to be the best viewing time for the Perseids meteor shower.
Aug 10, 2021 10:32:11 GMT
KitsuneFox: Davidson Seamount is the tallest known fully underwater mountain in the world, measuring 7,480 feet base to peak.
Aug 5, 2021 0:02:27 GMT
syzygy: ...and about other hills and humps... stone cold wisdom! ( :
Jul 28, 2021 14:13:17 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Wycheproof in Australia is the shortest recognized mountain on the world. It stands at 141 feet base to peak. A mineral named 'Wycheproofite' is mined near the location, and is the only known place it's found.
Jul 28, 2021 10:13:47 GMT
syzygy: Cool! Great extra info series about "all stars" highest mountains on Earth!
Jul 22, 2021 6:25:22 GMT
KitsuneFox: Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured from the center of the planet. The peak is over 6,800 feet further away than Mount Everest, and is the closest land on earth to outer space.
Jul 22, 2021 0:13:35 GMT
SpiderX22: Big news in the Aircraft in Flight database (in Transportation) -> HUGE changes. Thanks RaveyThirteen for your post -> will be changing ownership of the collection (hopefully for me lol) -> look forward to this!
Jul 20, 2021 21:02:26 GMT