- Code Number:
B-58A, "Greased Lightning", 059, supersonic nuclear bomber, Convair, B-58 Hustler, J79-5B, J79 turbojet, 1950s
- CN: 61-2059
This aircraft was accepted by the USAF on 16/02/1962. In 1963 this B-58A nicknamed Greased Lightning flew from Tokyo to London (via Alaska) in 8 hours, 35 minutes. It averaged 938 nmph flying 8,028 nmi. As of 2014, this record still stands.
Powerplant: 4x General Electric J79-5B afterburning turbojets, 15,600 lbs. thrust each.
Weight: Empty 55,560 lbs., Loaded 164,500 lbs.
Maximum take-off weight: 165,000 lbs.
Wingspan: 56 feet 10 inches
Length: 96 feet 9 inches
Height: 31 feet 5 inches
Maximum speed: 1,385 MPH (Mach 2.1) at 44,000 feet
Cruising speed: 600+ MPH
Service ceiling: 64,000 feet
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- Wernher Krutein