A record-breaking aircraft, the B-36 Peacemaker was built for the sole purpose of strategic bombing in the early days of the Cold War. The B-36 was the first intercontinental bomber, with a range greater than 6,000 miles and a payload exceeding 36 standard tons. The B-36 was also the first bomber capable of delivering nuclear weaponry from a fully enclosed bomb bay, due mainly to the fact that the Peacemaker is also one of the largest combat aircraft, with the widest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built. The B-36 design project actually began before America entered World War Two, but during the war the project was given low priority, delaying first flight until just after the war. Despite being a prop-driven aircraft in a jet age, the B-36 was the primary bomber for Strategic Air Command until the B-52 came into mainstream service.
The B-36 is rendered here in a superbly detailed model of the J variant, with a fine silver finish that will make this aircraft a centerpiece in any collection.
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