Friday, May 18, 2012

Convair B-58 Hustler Pillbug Escape Capsule - Amazing 50's Tech

The B-58 Hustler incorporated an amazing pill-bug capsule for supersonic ejection. It was hoped that this new technology would find its way to all supersonic planes, but proved to be a dead end. 

This film shows water tests, and a rocket sled that was the front of a rare Super Crusader (lost out to the Phantom) 

B-1 escape testing

Convair B-58 Hustler Low Level Bombing 


2000 mile mission in 4 hrs unrefueled. Was never used in conventional role, wonder if it would have been better than the F-105 Thud over Vietnam - they lost half of all Thuds

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