COLD WAR PEACEMAKER

The Story of Cowtown and Convair's B-36 Peacemaker
From Specialty Press

By Don Pyeatt and Dennis R. Jenkins
January 2010

 

Great airplanes don't simply appear in history, they evolve through a myriad of technological, political, and economic processes. In this book you will experience one of the most unlikely developments in aviation history - the Convair B-36 very-long-range nuclear bomber. From its beginnings during the world’s greatest conflict, through construction in a former wild-west cattle town, and deployment into the Cold War, the story of the Convair B-36 and how it intimidated the Soviet Union is an interesting study in politics and technology. Within this book the reader will experience life during the Cold War as our parents and grandparents lived it. You will meet military leaders, politicians, cowboys, tycoons – and a cowboy tycoon – who worked together to save the free world from domination by communists. You will also see up-close the amazing technologies of aviation at the beginning of the nuclear age and how they were manifested in the B-36.

 

Designed during World War II to bomb targets in Europe from the continental United States, the Convair B-36 did not fly until after the war had been won. As the huge airplane continually failed to meet its design specifications, it was threatened with cancellation on several occasions. When the Soviet Union attempted to oust its former war allies from the city of Berlin, thereby starting the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Stuart Symington decided to continue B-36 production “to not lose the industrial potential of the government owned Fort Worth plant just when new production miracles might be demanded – as they were after Pearl Harbor.” As Convair scurried to meet new production demands and design requirements, the U.S. War Department began using the B-36 to intimidate the Russians even before the airplane was operationally deployed. As the U.S. Government played its propaganda ruse against the Soviets, Convair quickly developed new systems and production techniques that continue in use today. But, by the time the B-36 became able to fulfill its mission requirements it was quickly obsoleted by guided missiles.

 

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240 pages, 350 photographs, 75,000 words.
ISBN 1580071279

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After collaborating on previous studies of Convair's B-36, authors Don Pyeatt and Dennis R. Jenkins have combined their unique knowledge of the B-36 and the era in which it served into this book of political intrigue and technological marvels. Jenkins, an aerospace engineer and author of several dozen aircraft histories, and Pyeatt, historian for the B-36 Peacemaker Museum and the 7th Bomb Wing B-36 Association, have teamed to reveal the world of the B-36 as it really was. Whether your interest is in technical details of the world’s first intercontinental nuclear bomber, or in the political and social events leading to its development and Strategic Air Command deployment during the Cold War, this book tells it all. Combined with many seldom-seen photos from private collections and national archives, this book presents a new perspective on the Cold War and its premiere nuclear deterrent.

 

 

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