Aircraft Cockpits Interestingly enough, the aviation term 'cockpit' grew out of a naval term first associated with British warships. There are a total of [ ] Aircraft Cockpits entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order 1-to-Z. Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
Supersonic “Greased Lightning”: The Convair B-58 Hustler!
B Hustler United States Nuclear Forces
The Convair B Hustler , designed and produced by American aircraft manufacturer Convair , was the first operational bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. To achieve the high speeds desired, Convair adapted the delta wing used by contemporary fighters such as the Convair F The bomber was powered by four General Electric J79 engines in underwing pods. Later, four external hardpoints were added, enabling it to carry up to five weapons. Designed to replace the Boeing B Stratojet strategic bomber, the B became notorious for its sonic boom heard on the ground by the public as it passed overhead in supersonic flight. The B was designed to fly at high altitudes and supersonic speeds to avoid Soviet interceptors.
Convair B-58 Hustler
Air Force photo. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock. Photo courtesy of Lyle Jansma, Aerocapture Images. In addition to the Hustler's delta wing shape, distinctive features included a sophisticated inertial guidance navigation and bombing system, a slender "wasp-waist" fuselage and an extensive use of heat-resistant honeycomb sandwich skin panels in the wings and fuselage.
A supersonic aircraft is an aircraft able to fly faster than the speed of sound Mach number 1. Supersonic aircraft were developed in the second half of the twentieth century and have been used almost entirely for research and military purposes. Only two, Tupolev Tu first flight - December 31, and the Concorde first flight - March 2, , ever entered service for civil use as airliners. Fighter jets are the most common example of supersonic aircraft. The aerodynamics of supersonic flight is called compressible flow because of the compression associated with the shock waves or " sonic boom " created by any object travelling faster than sound.