At the end of the 1950′s, the future of aviation was to be the supersonic transport. In order to get there, Convair suggested that their Mach 2 B-58 “Hustler” bomber be converted into testbeds for SST technologies and operations.
The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational supersonic jet bomber, and the first capable of Mach 2 flight. The aircraft was developed for the United States Air Force for service in the St...
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Was there a more beautiful aircraft built during the 1950s than Convair's B-58 Hustler? A bomber capable of Mach 2, it was expensive to operate, difficult to fly, and dangerous to its crews—36 USAF and Convair personnel lost their lives and 26 of the 111 B-58s built crashed. This B-58A set a number of speed records flying from Los Angeles to New York City and back in 1962.