Staff at the Atwater, California-based Castle Air Museum have begun the lengthy process of restoring the attraction’s Convair RB-36H Peacemaker 51-13730.
The aircraft, which has a wing span of 230ft (70m), is the only reconnaissance version of the B-36 currently on display. It was assigned to the USAF’s 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Rapid City Air Force Base (AFB), also serving at Ellsworth, both in South Dakota, from 1952 to 1957.
It was then allocated to Chanute AFB in Rantoul, Illinois and used as a ground instructional airframe, before being placed on display at Chanute Air Museum. On September 27, 1990, it was transported to Castle Air Museum on eleven flatbed railway carriages. www.castleairmuseum.org TONY SACKETOS