The Shortest Lived Mega Bomber You Never Heard Of - Convair YB-60

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For all its success after World War 2, the Convair B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber was still a piston-engined machine, and it would not take long for it to be displaced by jet power.

However, as the 1950s began, the company conceived an idea to extend the career of its beloved bomber: they would create a jet-propulsion version that could enter the atomic era.

The new design requirements would take it far from its original concept, giving birth to an entirely different aircraft with sleek swept-back wings.

The Convair BY-60 would eventually be developed in parallel with the legendary Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, and they even shared the same engine model.

Equipped with an unrivaled payload capacity, the BY-60 was on its way to becoming the United States’ most competent atomic delivery platform…


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