Once upon a time, there were 384 of these aluminum monsters. Designed to allow us to strike targets in Europe from bases in the continental United States, for ten years--from 1949 through 1959--they stood ready to make America's enemies rue the day that they transgressed against us. But they never saw combat or delivered bombs in anger and eventually they were replaced with newer, smaller jet bombers.
But at 162 feet long and with a wingspan of 230 feet, the B-36 will always be remembered as the largest US bomber ever to take to the skies. Of the 384, four survive intact today in museums. (I've seen three of them.) Pima has one of them, and this aircraft in particular is one of the ones that I came here specifically to look at.
To watch the B-36 in action, check out this video:
Or review this older post and a clip from a movie that features both a B-36 AND James Stewart, who was a real-life Air Force bomber pilot and General in addition to being one of Hollywood's greatest actors.
Two Air Force greats: The B-36 Peacemaker and General James Stewart