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CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker vs Boeing B-52 Stratofortress


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Side-by-Side comparison of the CONVAIR B-36 Peacemaker Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber Aircraft and the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress High-Altitude, Long-Range Strategic Heavy Bomber.
Comparison results are showcased below. Values with a number '0' reflect a 'not available'/NA - this is common with X-plane designs. Rotary-wing (helicopter) systems include their main rotor diameter as part of their 'width'. UAV entries may display crew values as '0', not taking into account ground-based controllers.

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CONVAIR B-36D Peacemaker
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress
Crew
15
5
Production
384 units [Diff.-360]
744 units [Diff.+360]
Length
162.07 ft (49.40 m) [Diff.+1.18 ft]
160.89 ft (49.04 m) [Diff.-1.18 ft]
Width
229.66 ft (70.00 m) [Diff.+44.55 ft]
185.10 ft (56.42 m) [Diff.-44.55 ft]
Height
46.75 ft (14.25 m) [Diff.+6.07 ft]
40.68 ft (12.40 m) [Diff.-6.07 ft]
Empty Wt.
171,035 lb (77,580 kg) [Diff.-1,709 lb]
172,743 lb (78,355 kg) [Diff.+1,709 lb]
MTOW
418,878 lb (190,000 kg) [Diff.-69,115 lb]
487,993 lb (221,350 kg) [Diff.+69,115 lb]
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.
Speed
439 mph (706 kph) [Diff.-157 mph]
595 mph (958 kph) [Diff.+157 mph]
Range
7,500 miles (12,070 km) [Diff.-2,500 miles]
10,000 miles (16,093 km) [Diff.+2,500 miles]
Ceiling
45,197 ft (13,776 m) [Diff.-9,757 feet]
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.
Relative 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 your screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in our database then the presented shapes will appear skewed.
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