Original U.S. Air Force Korean War Convair B-36 Peacemaker Flight Control Type T-19-A by Guardian Electric
Original Item: Only One Available. We were able to locate this instrument mounted in a rack and labeled "BOMB BAY1" on the National Museum of the United States Air Force website at this link. Use the search window and type in Convair B-36 and scroll down to the radar-navigator's station and it will be on the righthand side.
This T-19-A Flight Control appears to be mostly complete and in very good condition. Data plate indicates Air Force issue and gives the manufacturer and contract information:
CONTROL IN FLIGHT TYPE T-19-A
SERIAL NO. 3055 AF-33-600-15676
ASSEMBLY DRAWING NO. 52D20844
GUARDIAN ELECTRIC MFG. COMPANY
The exterior shows wear, and this definitely looks like a piece of equipment that saw a good amount of use during its service life. Very interesting and ready to display!
The Convair B-36 "Peacemaker" is a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 is the largest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft ever built. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230 ft (70.1 m). The B-36 was the first bomber capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal from inside its four bomb bays without aircraft modifications. With a range of 10,000 mi (16,000 km) and a maximum payload of 87,200 lb (39,600 kg), the B-36 was capable of intercontinental flight without refuelling.
Entering service in 1948, the B-36 was the primary nuclear weapons delivery vehicle of Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was replaced by the jet-powered Boeing B-52 Stratofortress beginning in 1955. All but five aircraft were scrapped.
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