Cutaway Drawing of Convair B-36 Bomber, 1950

Cutaway Drawing of Convair B-36 Bomber, 1950

In 1950, Popular Science issued a cutaway drawing of the most exciting object to grace the skies to that point:  Convair’s B-36 Bomber.  At that time, it was the world’s biggest bomber.

Its 13 man crew could ride at altitudes as high as 50,000 feet, the magazine noted.

Here is a closeup of the cockpit area:

b-36-cockpit-cutaway-drawing

My favorite part of the B-36 is its pressurized 87 foot-long tunnel that allowed crew members to shuttled from one end of the craft to the other.  They laid on a four-wheeled cart and pulled themselves along by cable.

B-36 Bomber Communications Tunnel

B-36 Bomber Communications Tunnel

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