INHL August 2002:
Requiem for a B-36

During the 1940's, America's fleet of about 250 B-36's were the core of the Strategic Air Command.  With an incredible wing span of 230 feet, this cold-war marvel was the largest bomber in the world.  Driven by six huge 3,500 horsepower engines uniquely geared to 19-foot propellers mounted behind the wings, the B-36 could fly 10,000 miles under a crew of 16 men.  It was designed to carry a single Mark-17 air-dropped hydrogen bomb rated at 40 megatons -- thousands of times larger than the weapon that incinerated Hiroshima.

On December 11, 1953, one crashed in El Paso, Texas.

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