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TOP 10 LARGEST MILITARY AIRPLANES - CONVAIR B-36 PEACEMAKER - #6

The Convair B-36 Peacemaker was somewhat doomed from the beginning, because it was a piston-powered plane in an aerial landscape that was already beginning to be dominated by supersonic jets. Stretching to 230 feet, its wingspan was the longest of any warplane ever constructed, and it could carry even more bombs than its successor, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.

The B-36 was in operation from 1949 and was blessed with an impressive operating range together with a high flight ceiling. Ultimately, however, such attributes did not compensate for its deficiencies against modern air defenses. The B-36 was slow, clumsy and difficult to refuel, but it was also the only American bomber with truly global reach. A carrier of long-range weapons of mass destruction, it was nicknamed the “Peacemaker.”

Unfortunately for the B-36, the introduction of fast jets like the Soviet MiG-15 interceptor meant that the bomber had to be limited to night missions, and towards the end of its lifetime, it was extremely vulnerable once inside Soviet airspace. The fleet was phased out and replaced by jet-powered airplanes of similar size in the mid-1950s.
 

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