B-58 Hustler: Convair's Cold War Mach 2 Bomber (Legends of Warfare: Aviation #42) (Hardcover)
The Convair B-58 Hustler, with its distinctive delta wing shape, would become the world's first supersonic bomber, and the first aircraft to fly to Mach 2.
- With development beginning in 1949, the B-58, which could not carry conventional weapons, would become part of the US nuclear arsenal during the height of the Cold War.
- Although these bombers were initially considered difficult to operate, in time the hand-chosen crews who flew them came to love and respect the aircraft.
- Throughout the 1960s, crews flying the B-58 set numerous speed and distance records. These planes were tremendously expensive to operate, and it was budget issues that forced the early retirement of the bomber.
- Today there are only a handful of remaining examples, all of which are on display in the US.
- Illustrated with rare archival photographs, including previously unpublished images.
Written by prolific military author David Doyle, this book is part of the very popular Legends of Warfare: Aviation series.