It's a Cold War relic that the U. Air Force used to test an experimental ejection-rescue system for the B Hustler bomber plane -- and it's the only one of its kind in existence. And last week, the one-of-a-kind sled was unloaded at the Grissom Air Museum as the newest exhibit documenting the unique history of Grissom Air Reserve Base. The rocket sled is an obscure piece of military equipment, but Museum Board Member Tom Kelly said the foot sled tells an important story about the base.
The Convair B Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. Later on, four additional external hardpoints were added to allow five weapons to be carried. Replacing the Boeing B Stratojet strategic bomber, it was originally intended to fly at high altitudes and supersonic speeds to avoid Soviet fighters. The B was notorious for its sonic boom , which was often heard by the public as it passed overhead in supersonic flight.
Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft. During its career the B set 19 different speed, altitude, and payload world records, some of which still stand. The Hustler was very technologically advanced for its time and was the first to be built with a stellar inertial navigation system, the first to use stainless steel honeycomb construction, and the first to use encapsulated ejection seats. The B suffered from an unfortunately high accident rate during the first years of its service and this combined with very high operating costs caused only to be built and they were removed from service in , after less than 10 years of operational service.
Happy 4th of July. By MichaelWSmith. Have signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.