What model of plane is visible in this image? image

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    $\begingroup$ Where is the aircraft in the picture located? $\endgroup$
    – nexus_2006
    May 13, 2019 at 21:43
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    $\begingroup$ @nexus_2006 probably Kelly AFB. It was on display there for years (1957-2004). Sadly, I didn't go see it in time. $\endgroup$ May 14, 2019 at 2:09

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Based on the unique 6x pusher-prop configuration, this looks like a derivative of the Convair B-36 Peacemaker. Looking up the Wikipedia article for the B-36 and scrolling down to the variants section, this seems like an XC-99 (or, more aptly, the XC-99):

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Public domain image via United States Air Force - USAF photo via, Joaobsen, Wagner, Greer (1980), B-36 Peacemaker in action - Aircraft No. 42, Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition, ISBN-10: 0897471016

This was to be a passenger variant of the airframe, with a passenger capacity of up to 400 people. Beyond the prototype, it didn't enter service.

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    $\begingroup$ Interestingly, the B-36 was involved in the first Broken Arrow incident where three of its six piston engines caught fire off the coast of British Columbia. $\endgroup$
    – coconaut
    May 13, 2019 at 22:31
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    $\begingroup$ "seems like ̶a̶n̶ the XC-99:" ...ftfy ;) $\endgroup$
    – J...
    May 14, 2019 at 11:06
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    $\begingroup$ @coconaut if you're interested in other B-36 trivia, there was also a variant, the NB-36H, powered by a nuclear generator which was supposed to combine the endurance of a nuclear submarine with the airworthiness of something that's distinctly not a nuclear submarine. $\endgroup$
    – 0xdd
    May 14, 2019 at 13:57
  • $\begingroup$ When I was a boy in Sacramento, CA circa 1955, a C-99 regularly came into McClellan AFB. $\endgroup$
    – Terry
    Mar 21 at 22:49

XC-99, o e was built and was on display for years at Kelly AFB, Texas and later moved to the Air Force Museum.


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