Whoa, an ‘aluminum overcast’! Looks like a great book. Will come in handy when I build my model. It is an incredible display at the Air Force Museum.
Thanks for the nice review. I’m sure I’ll eventually add this one to my library.
Squadron needs to correct their website, as the original B-36 IA was published in 1980, not '71. That’s the date in the original copy I have.
I think they are saying the original In Action book was published in '71, not the B-36 title. That is how I read it.
Yes, indeed, sir, you’re right. Thanks for setting me straight on that.
You’re welcome. I am glad that you like it.
The Jimmy Stewart movie Air Force has a lot of B-36 action, including a crash in the arctic. Really great movie. Watching those aircraft take off and fly, amazing. Incredible standing next to the main gear wheel at the Air Force Museum. When I lived in El Paso, I lived on the western side of the Franklin Mountains. B-36s were based at Biggs Air Force Base on the other side of the mountains, and one crashed in bad weather on my side of the mountain. I never saw the crash site, but at the War Eagles Air Museum, they have a recovered propeller from the crash site, as well as a photograph of the bomber taken by somebody on the ground not long before it crashed.
I’ve mentioned this a while back but thought it might be of interest again. A B36 crashed near Boscombe Down airfield, in Wiltshire, in 1952. I just love the image of a double-Decker Wilts & Dorset bus - just discernible - carrying on as normal amidst the snow strewn fields along the A345 road to Salisbury:
Fascinating story Brian. I found the original article after seeing your post. From the description of the crash, and the account from the owners of the High Post Hotel, it looks like the aircraft was trying to get to Runway 05 at Boscombe Down, but fell short! Could have been far far worse. I love the area around the airfield. We used to live in Over Wallop years ago, and some nights, heard some very strange noises from up at Boscombe!