Convair B-58A 'Hustler'
|  Base model:||B-58|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1924-Present|
|  Basic role:||Bomber|
|  First Flew:||1956/11/11|
|  Length:|| 96' 9"|| 29.4 m|
|  Height:||51' 5"|| 15.6 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 56' 10"|| 17.3 m|
|  Wingarea:|| 7,542.0 sq ft|| 700.6 sq m|
|  Empty Weight:|| 55,560 lb|| 25,197 kg|
|  Gross Weight:|| 163,000 lb|| 73,922 kg|
|  No. of Engines:|| 4|
|  Powerplant:|| General Electric J79-GE-5B|
|  Thrust (each):||15,600 lb|| 7,074 kg|
|  Range:|| 5,028 miles|| 8,096 km|
|  Cruise Speed:|| 700 mph|| 1,127 km/h|| 609 kt|
|  Max Speed:|| 1,385 mph|| 2,230 km/h|| 1,205 kt|
|  Climb:|| 17,830 ft/min|| 5,434 m/min|
|  Ceiling:|| 63,400 ft|| 19,323 m|
|1960/08/01||United States Air Force, ||The Convair B-58A Huster, the USAF's first supersonic bomber, entered service with the 43rd Bomb Wing at Carxwell AFB, TX.
|1961/05/10||United States Air Force, ||A USAF Convair B-58A Hustler set a new speed record of 1,302 mph, and was awarded the Bleriot Trophy.
|1962/03/05||United States Air Force, ||The USAF set a new world speed record over a recognized course (Unlimited) for a flight from Los angeles to New York in a Convair B-58A (Sn 59-2458), averaging 1,214.65 mph. This flight earned the USAF the Bendix troph
Known serial numbers
|59-2428 / 59-2463, 60-1110 / 60-1129, 61-2051 / 61-2080
Examples of this type may be found at
B-58A on display
Air Force Flight Test Center Museum
Kelly Field Heritage Museum
Pima Air & Space Museum
Strategic Air Command Museum
United States Air Force Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Bill Heisler|
| Served in 43rd OMS as Acft. Maint. Officer from 1964-1969. B-58 was nightmare to maintain but beautiful to watch during T/O, especially at night. Had great NCOs and maintenance crews that made my job easy. |
01/04/2013 @ 15:02 [ref: 67476]
| Dickie Bishop|
| I was stationed at LRAFB from Jan '67 till Jan '70. Worked on 436 and 021 for Henry Stephens. I was Crew Chief on 458 and sent it to the Museum. |
03/08/2011 @ 14:15 [ref: 36559]
| This is for jack Gilbert; there is a B58 at Wright-Patterson Air Museum. I believe it won the Collier Trophy. |
03/26/2010 @ 08:53 [ref: 25926]
| Tom Smith|
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
| I worked at Edwards AFB from 1959 through 1963 as a mathematician. My first job was to do the computer programming for the B58 escape capsule testing. In 1961 (I think) I did the data processing for the B58 Bleriot Trophy speed record - I was told it was pulling about 8 Gs in a 90 degree bank all the way around the course which exceeded the aircraft approved design limits. I have a Zippo lighter commemorating the flight. I heard that about two weeks later the crew was killed rolling another B58 at the Paris air show. I also watched Major (at the time) Fitzhugh Fulton make an emergency landing after blowing 7 tires on his B58. He had to fly around to burn off fuel and drop the weapons pod. We climbed on top of a building near the flight line to watch. There were lots of sparks as pieces of the right landing gear wheels disintegrated and went through the wing. A few weeks later some of us went to the M&M (maintenance & modification) hangar to look at it. We there told that they had milled the wing down while on the plane, filled it with epoxy, then milled it flush - they said it was better than new. |
08/08/2009 @ 12:23 [ref: 24333]
| Jack Gilbert|
rRio Rancho, NM
| I believe there is a B-58 on display at Little Rock AFB, AR. |
02/26/2009 @ 06:52 [ref: 23811]
| Patrick J. Conklin USN/SS Ret.|
| Have loved this plane since I was a kid. Had the Revell model and was more caught up with the plane then the storyline from the movie "FAILSAFE" the first couple of times I watched it. Ended up doing a career serving on submarines with no regrets. My wife this christmas got me a beautiful desktop display of a B-58 from scalecraft.com named "THE PULASKI HUSTLER" (The Pulaski SSBN-633(G) was my first boat.) I would very much like to contact any of the surving crew to see if they would like to sign the display stand. Can anyone help?
THANKS and have a GREAT New Year!
01/06/2009 @ 20:45 [ref: 23429]
| r cooper|
| Was stationed at LRAFB 43rd fms as a jet engine mech J-57, J-79. 64-67. The B58 was(is) the greatest. |
11/14/2008 @ 14:23 [ref: 23068]
| Bob Gay|
| I was stationed at LRAFB from Sept. 1966 thru Sept. 1967.
I was a ground crew member (Launch and Recovery). I worked on Team 2. Team 2's Team Chief was MSGT. Harrision, the Crew Chief I worked for was TSGT.Calldwell. I rember some names that were on Team 2. SSGT Todd, AFC. Hibbits.
I worked on AC 57-0021.
I would like to know if anyone remerbers these people and If anyone remembers Cripple 4.
09/04/2008 @ 09:44 [ref: 22611]
| if anybody has any helpful pics of a B-58 paint scheme please email it to email@example.com,thank you very much. |
01/29/2008 @ 17:36 [ref: 19468]
| Howard Keck, TSgt, USAF, (RET)|
St. Augustine, FL
| I was stationed at Carswell AFB, Tex. from '59 to '64. Was acft. mech. on B-58's, 43rd OMS. Org. moved to Little Rock AFB, Ark. in '64, Assigned as Crew Chief on B-58 Ser. No. 59-2445 for about 3 yrs. Also worked in Job Cont. and Maint. Debriefing. Stayed with the 43rd BW till de-activation of the B-58. Like to hear from guys who worked on this fantastic, ahead of it's time, aircraft. Later was assigned to 319th BW, Grand Forks ND, 6 mo. TDY to Guam, worked Job Cont. (B-52G's) Later spent a tour at Kadena AB, Okinawa in Job Cont. on KC-135's. Retired in Aug. '76 |
12/22/2007 @ 15:21 [ref: 19014]
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