One of them, the Convair B Hustler, looks radical even today. With its long, slender fuselage, dramatically swept delta wing, and four big engines, the B looked fast even when it was on the ground. It was one of the first aircraft to take advantage of the knowledge that the way to overcome drag in supersonic flight is to sweep the wings at such an angle that the aircraft flies within the Mach cone, a three-dimensional bow wave formed around a body moving through the air at supersonic speed. When the wings are within that cone, the airflow over them remains subsonic. So successful were the Convair aerodynamicists at managing supersonic flight that on October 15, , the first production Hustler flew faster than Mach 2 for more than an hour.
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She was just 6 months old when he died. It happened at the air base here, in a horrific, drawn-out conflagration involving the Cold War's most spectacular weapon, the gigantic B Hustler, and the airplane's extreme payload — five nuclear bombs, four of the kiloton variety, one measuring nine megatons. The calamity made news everywhere. But for a baby girl, life goes on. It was a good life, too, in Houston with her mother and brothers and grandparents, and when she was 4, a stepfather who was a good man, a father.
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The B didn't have a light wing-loading when fully loaded. It weighed around , lbs with 1, square feet of wing, that yields a very high wing-loading. As the fuel burns off, the wing-loading does drop down to a substantial lower level and by landing it's pretty decent.
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