CONVAIR B-58A Hustler Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1960
Type: Supersonic Delta-Winged Jet-Powered Medium Bomber
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): CONVAIR - USA
Production Total: 116
Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)
Operating Crew (Typical): 3
Overall Length: 96.75 feet (29.49 meters)
Overall Width: 56.82 feet (17.32 meters)
Overall Height: 31.50 feet (9.60 meters)
Weight (Empty): 55,561 lb (25,202 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 163,001 lb (73,936 kg)
Installed Power and Standard Day Performance
Propulsion: 4 x General Electric J79-GE-3B afterburning turbojet engines developing 15,600 lb of thrust each.
Maximum Speed: 1,321 mph (2,126 kph; 1,148 knots)
Maximum Range: 5,124 miles (8,247 km)
Service Ceiling: 62,999 feet (19,202 meters; 11.93 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 17,400 feet-per-minute (5,304 m/min)
Armament / Mission Payload
1 x 20mm T171 (M61) Gatling-style internal cannon
1 x Under-fuselage pod carrying up to 19,450 lb of conventional ordnance, nuclear ordnance, or tactical reconnaissance equipment. Supported B43 and B61 series nuclear payloads.
Global Operators / Customers
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
Model 4 - Convair Proposed Model Prototype
XB-58 - Prototype Designation of which only 2 were produced from an original 18 ordered.
YB-58A - Preproduction Model Designation of which 11 were produced.
B-58A - Production Model based on the YB-58A.
RB-58A - Reconnaissance Conversion Models of the latter-half of the YB-58A production; fitted with ventral reconnaissance pods.
TB-58A - Conversion Trainer Models of YB-58A of which 8 existed.