American Combat Planes of the Twentieth Century. Most of the trial aircraft were later upgraded to operational standard. The pilot's cockpit was rather conventional for a large multi-engine aircraft. It was designed for low-altitude attack, to be more flexible with the carriage of conventional weapons, and less expensive to produce and maintain. Data from Quest for Performance . Nonetheless, the engineering accomplishments seen during development surely played a role in future bomber and turbojet concepts for decades to come.
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Convair B-58 Hustler
Extensive use of heat-resistant honeycomb sandwich skin panels were integrated into the construction of the wings and fuselage for the necessary high altitude-high, high-speed flight. This entry's maximum listed speed 1,mph. The B also had stall characteristics that were unconventional. The MF Power Rating takes into account over sixty individual factors related to this aircraft entry. One was specially modified to test the Hughes radar system intended for the Lockheed YF interceptor and the North American F Rapierwhich had an extended nose to accommodate the radar and was nicknamed "Snoopy" see Aircraft on Display. Convair and General Dynamics aircraft.