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#1 Herb Jones

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 11:33 AM

This is what I did at Carswell AFB Ft Worth Texas...Great aircraft great experience..


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Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:51 PM

As a kid growing up in southwest FW in the flight path of Carswell AFB I remember the B58 Hustler as the first of a line of fast fighter jets overhead. Sometimes they would already have flown over by the time you heard them. And I remember the sonic booms. Of course nothing compared to the “rolling thunder” of the B52s during the Vietnam War era.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:13 AM

I lived a few miles right off the south end of the Carswell runway. I remember the sonic booms, and the noise a B-52 made when it cut in its afterburners on takeoff--everything stopped till the plane was out of earshot.

If I'm not mistaken, the Hustler was the last bomber made at The Plant, certainly the last made while I was living in Fort Worth. My father was Plant Engineer there (1942-68), and Chief Plant Engineer for General Dynamics (had oversight of the plant engineers of all GD plants); he oversaw the final phase of the construction of The Plant.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:09 PM

My understanding of the B-52 is that it is a subsonic bomber, not capable of breaking the sound barrier. Internet research seems to support that theory.
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Posted 17 November 2011 - 08:29 PM

The B-58 is the plane in the video and is indeed supersonic. The B-52 is an entirely different beast, still used by the Air Force, and definitely not supersonic.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:26 AM

Efforts underway to bring a B-58 home

http://dfw.cbslocal....iation-history/

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 11:25 PM

Council says NO to loan to bring B-58 to Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

 

http://www.fortworth...346823a19a.html



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 12:18 AM

That's unfortunate.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 05:05 AM

Very sad. Not upset that the council would vote that way (I can understand why) but disappointed we might now miss out on a great opportunity to have a peice of history back home. Sad for the veterans who might like to have it here.

If the plane gets sent off and disassembled it will be a much bigger loss.

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 08:48 AM

It's a shame that more headway hasn't been made in building a high quality aviation museum in Fort Worth.  A big part of me doesn't blame the city for saying "no".  The list of cultural institutions in town that have built great facilities and put together nice collections with little or no (mostly no) public money is pretty long.  I'm just not sure why the same isn't true for aviation history.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 09:57 AM

Cause aviation history isn't sexy like a painting or ballet to people who have lots of money to donate.



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 10:05 AM

There are plans for an upgrade to the museum -> http://gff.com/proje...viation-museum/

 

It's surprising Aviation isn't more popular, it's definitely "sexy" to me, and airplanes are the playthings of the rich who could perhaps be more interested in opening their pockets. 



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Posted 19 May 2016 - 01:32 PM

There are plans for an upgrade to the museum -> http://gff.com/proje...viation-museum/

 

 

Yeah, yeah... Looks good!

 

Too bad Lockheed wouldn't put a buck or too in toward moving the Hustler, it was made in their building. Maybe once the plane is disassembled it could be shipped back to Fort Worth bolt-by-bolt the way Radar O'Reilly sent the Jeep home in M*A*S*H



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Posted 23 May 2016 - 04:56 AM

Well, not to get technical, but the plant belongs to the US Air Force. Its named "Air Force Plant 4". (Don't ask me where the other 3 are.)

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 05:47 PM

Good news is that it will end up in a museum. Bad news- it'll be in California.

 

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 06:14 PM

It's really a terrible shame that Fort Worth is so short-sighted when it comes to preserving and memorializing its aviation history.  Lockheed-Martin should also be ashamed of itself for not acting in a more responsible manner for stewardship of its former products, especially those which made significant contributions to this country's security.  As little as it would cost, LMC could easily afford to preserve one of these planes, among others, which would showcase their products, especially to the younger generation.

 

I would really love to see a B-58 fly again, but I know that's impossible now.  Same with the old B-36.  They were magnificent aircraft.

 

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 07:08 AM

As someone who was a kid living under the flight path of the B58 Hustler, when I first looked up I was fascinated by its revolutionary design and super-sonic speed.  What a difference from the slow-moving thunderous "baby-waker" B52s!  Then the Hustler soon became history when GD's F-111 (TFX) fighter jet zoomed by overhead.  Too bad Fort Worth cannot honor its aviation history.



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Posted 27 May 2016 - 10:43 AM

Well, not to get technical, but the plant belongs to the US Air Force. Its named "Air Force Plant 4". (Don't ask me where the other 3 are.)

 

Fail! That's pretty technical. But I will get more technical; Here is the complete list of Air Force Plants :swg: :

 

http://www.airforceb...f/afp_list.html






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