Mythbusting the Convair B-58 Hustler with Col George Holt Jr. USAF Rtd.

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Mythbusting the Convair B-58 Hustler with Col George Holt Jr. USAF Rtd.

The Convair B-58 Hustler is regarded as one of the USAF’s missteps in strategic bomber design from the 1950s and 60s. The claims that it was expensive and dangerous to fly led to its removal from service in the 1970s in favour of the Boeing B-52. But is that really the case? Former B-58 Navigator/Bombardier Col. Geroge Holt Jr. Rtd. joins us to reflect on his time on the Hustler and do some well-needed myth-busting.

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1 comment

  1. Paul Johnson says:

    I wonder if any of the pilots remember being painted by an F-8 Crusader out of El Toro in a “Time to Climb” drill where they would try to catch incoming B-58s coming over the CA coast. That F-8 was driven by a friend of mine. It was supposed to be an impossible task to get up to 60,000 feet to catch them when the bombers were supersonic. He cheated and got some early radar warning from a source further up the coast, nosed over at 60K right as the number passed under him, but it was enough to get a lock on all his sidewinders. He got a party and a trophy and the VMF-334 got a stern letter from the AF to knock that crap off.

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