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Comparison of CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress


Direct side-by-side comparison of two aircraft.


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SUBJECTS
CONVAIR B-36D Peacemaker
Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
High-Altitude, Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber
BASICS
CREW
15
CREW
5
PRODUCTION
384 units [Diff.-360]
PRODUCTION
744 units [Diff.+360]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
162.07 ft (49.40 m) [Diff.+1.18 ft]
LENGTH
160.89 ft (49.04 m) [Diff.-1.18 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
229.66 ft (70.00 m) [Diff.+44.55 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
185.10 ft (56.42 m) [Diff.-44.55 ft]
HEIGHT
46.75 ft (14.25 m) [Diff.+6.07 ft]
HEIGHT
40.68 ft (12.40 m) [Diff.-6.07 ft]
SIZE COMPARISON
NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.
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CONVAIR B-36D Peacemaker
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Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT
171,035 lb (77,580 kg) [Diff.-1,709 lb]
EMPTY WT
172,743 lb (78,355 kg) [Diff.+1,709 lb]
MTOW
418,878 lb (190,000 kg) [Diff.-69,115 lb]
MTOW
487,993 lb (221,350 kg) [Diff.+69,115 lb]
INSTALLED POWER
6 x Pratt & Whitney R-4360-41 air-cooled radial piston engines developing 3,500 horsepower each driving three-bladed propeller units; 4 x General Electric J47-GE-19 turbojet engines for additional thrust power.
8 x Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3 turbofan engines developing 17,000 lb of standard thrust each.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
439 mph (706 kph) [Diff.-157 mph]
SPEED
595 mph (958 kph) [Diff.+157 mph]
RANGE
7,500 miles (12,070 km) [Diff.-2,500 miles]
RANGE
10,000 miles (16,093 km) [Diff.+2,500 miles]
CEILING
45,197 ft (13,776 m) [Diff.-9,757 feet]
CEILING
54,954 ft (16,750 m) [Diff.+9,757 feet]
ARMAMENT
STANDARD (Early Models):
2 x 20mm automatic cannons in nose (later deleted).
2 x 20mm automatic cannons in tail (later deleted).
12 x 20mm automatic cannons in fuselage turret barbettes.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 86,000 lb of internally-held conventional or nuclear drop bombs.
Mission-specific armament can include any of the following:

20 x AGM-86B ALCM cruise missiles (internal).
20 x AGM-129 cruise missiles (internal).
2 x AGM-86B ALCMs cruise missile (external).
2 x AGM-129 cruise missiles (external).
Free-Fall Nuclear Bombs.
12 x AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
12 x AGM-142A air-to-surface missiles.
AGM-86C CALCM cruise missiles.
"Joint Direct-Attack Munitions" (JDAMs).

Up to 51,570lb (340kg) of ordnance carried.
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