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May252012

Poll: Which Supersonic US Bomber Makes Your Heart Beat The Fastest?

1950's era Convair B-58 Hustler


 I figure it's time for a poll to see which supersonic bomber from the US y'all think is the sweetest, the hottest, or just the mostest of the most. It's an easy choice for me (B-58 Hustler), but I'll add that each of these three aircraft are top-shelf awesome to me. And yeah, I know the XB-70 was never anything more than an X-plane, but you just can't can't have a poll about supersonic bombers and not include the stunning Valkyrie.

 So please take a moment and vote for your favorite of these three supersonic bombers: the Convair B-58 Hustler; the North American XB-70 Valkyrie; or the Rockwell B-1 Lancer. If you're an Aardvark fan, sorry... I decided we're talking full on dedicated bombers for this poll. And really(?) - you'd pick the F-111 over any of these three hotties?  Lets. Get. Real!

 The poll is at the bottom of the post. Happy voting : )

 

1960's era North American XB-70 Valkyrie

 

1970's era Rockwell B-1 Lancer

 

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Reader Comments (13)

8( ...that...was one of the hardest choices of my life lol...

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenessa

You are too cool Jenessa : )

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartt (admin)

Doesnt the FB-111 count?

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Jason - I think you just looked at the pix and didn't do the reading!

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartt (admin)

Oh I did. And I'd argue that the FB isn't the same as the F-111

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Well, you might have a point that the FB-111 isn't the same as the F-111, but I made the executive decision that the Aardvark and all its derivatives weren't gonna get to play in this poll... it's just not pretty enough in my opinion : /

May 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartt (admin)

I had to pick the Hustler after being lucky enough to see it fly on a daily basis. Awesome!

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary L. Jones

I've loved the B58 ever since Jimmy Stewart flew it in Strategic Air Command. Wished it came in flat black.

June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeeKay

I chose the XB-70 only because I was at Edwards and worked only 1/2 mile from the lift off end of the runway and saw it fly many times from 1965 thru Sep of 1966. HOWEVER, the B-58 was the chase plane and it too is deserving of a top vote. To see the B-58 take off and come around in trail of the B-70 on take-off roll (about two miles away) with the brown desert landscape,beautiful blue sky background and the white
B-70 pouring out coal black exhaust was absolutly awesome. Somewhere I should still have the 'time lapse' pictures I took with my el cheapo camera of the time. If I can find them and scan them I will try and post them as well. John L.

June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

PeeKay wrote: "I've loved the B58 ever since Jimmy Stewart flew it in Strategic Air Command." Although I've seen that film many times, I can't remember the Hustler's even appearing in it. General Stewart, IIRC, spent all his flight time in a B-36.

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric Z

We took off from Travis AFB for a round robin flight back to Schilling AFB via a flyover at Edwards AFB. About 15 minutes north we had #3 engine failure and decided to land at Edwards. While waiting for a new engine we had the opportunity to watch the B-58 break a world record at low level flight. On the ramp, all we could see from the east was a trail of smoke and a huge boom from breaking the sound barrier. He came down the runway on a west heading at tremendous speed and it seemed like an eternity for the sound to come by. We were never told its official speed but it was fast.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkc97drvr

Flew as Nav-Bomb (2nd station) in B-58 and I voted for this great aircraft as it is my favorite.
However I have flown all models of the F-111 and I want to tell you it could fly higher and faster than any of the 3 choices. Been to 2.75 mach at 71,000 feet in a F model and 1.27 mach at 400 feet on automatic terrain following in the A model. The FB (Sac bomber) with longer wings would not be able to go as fast or as high but I was never in an FB that tried. It was also well known that the F-111 could not do a loop however a pilot (D.L.) from Nellis did indeed do it. I don't think he ever did again. Again the B-58 Hustler was the best but the F-111 made my heart beat faster more offen.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom H

YB-58 has to be my favorite as I flew as flight test engineer in 55-661
which was the 2nd one built. see http://www.johnnyarmstrong.com
The pilot was famous Fitz Fulton. Yes I did make it to Mach 2
(when Mach 2 was new)

May 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Armstrong

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