History of the B Proposed Conventional Weapons Delivery In an attempt to increase the flexibility of the B as a weapons system, experiments were carried out in April of under a program known as Operation Bullseye to see if the B could carry and deliver conventional bombs. It was demonstrated that the B could carry iron bombs on the wing root bomb racks that had earlier been added to accommodate four Mk. Iron bombs of varying weights up to pounds were dropped, usually from low altitudes and at speeds of knots. However, the fear that the B's integral wing tanks would make it vulnerable to ground fire during low-altitude delivery lead to the abandonment of the program. The BB would also have been significantly longer than the BA, with an extra structural section being inserted in the fuselage.
Convair B Hustler - Wikipedia
The Convair B Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. Later on, four additional external hardpoints were added to allow five weapons to be carried. Replacing the Boeing B Stratojet strategic bomber, it was originally intended to fly at high altitudes and supersonic speeds to avoid Soviet fighters. The B was notorious for its sonic boom , which was often heard by the public as it passed overhead in supersonic flight. The introduction of highly-accurate Soviet surface-to-air missiles forced the B into a low-level-penetration role that severely limited its range and strategic value, and it was never employed to deliver conventional bombs. This resulted in only a brief operational career between and when the B was succeeded by the smaller, swing-wing FBA. The proposed bomber's design and development was to begin less than two years after sustained supersonic flight had been achieved.
Convair Super Hustler, Fish and Kingfish
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On Nov. It would never see combat. An exotic, beautiful bomber designed for high-speed nuclear strike missions, a changes in Soviet tactics and a development method which dramatically hiked costs conspired to doom the Hustler — intended as a replacement for the jet-powered B Stratojet. With a maximum altitude of 63, feet, it flew much higher than both of those bombers.