B-36 Photo Scrapbook
- Publish Date: 2004-01-23
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Dennis R. Jenkins;Mike Moore;Don Pyeatt
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The Convair B-36 Peacemaker was the last of the classic heavy bombers, bristling with gun turrets and piston engines driving huge propellers. Born in the desperate days of World War II, the B-36 became an icon of the early Cold War when it represented the only weapon that could reach the Soviet Union from bases in North America. But technology was changing rapidly, and the advent of all-jet-powered bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles conspired to make the B-36 obsolete after only a few short years of service. The airplane was retired only a decade after it entered service, and nobody who ever heard the thunder of the six Pratt & Whitney engines will ever forget the experience.An in-depth history of the B-36 may be found in Magnesium Overcast: The Story of the Convair B-36, by Dennis R. Jenkins. This scrapbook began as a collection of illustrations that were assembled for Magnesium Overcast but would not fit into the finished work. Since many of these are significant - or at least interesting - and most have never been published previously, it was decided to print the scrapbook as a companion volume to Magnesium Overcast. However, as work went into the scrapbook, additional images and illustrations were discovered and are also included here. With over 300 b/w and color photos, this scrapbook provides an excellent visual look at a very exciting period of the Cold War.