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B36 Peacemaker FICON project. by Emigepa B36 Peacemaker FICON project. by Emigepa
The FICON system saw limited service with Strategic Air Command in 1955-1956. The GRB-36D carriers from 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (Fairchild AFB) operated in conjunction with RF-84K from 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (Larson AFB).
Subsequent test flights demonstrated the FICON concept was indeed "tactically sound," but its operational implementation was difficult. A total of 10 GRB-36Ds and 25 RF-84Ks were built and saw limited service in 19551956. Hookups with the carrier aircraft were challenging for the experienced test pilots under ideal conditions. In combat or in adverse weather, and by less-experienced pilots, they proved difficult, and several RF-84Ks were damaged attempting it. In addition, the RF-84 dramatically reduced the bomber's ground clearance: with 450 gallon (1,700 liter) external tanks on the fighter, the FICON combination cleared by a mere six inches (15 cm). These adversities, combined with the advent of Lockheed U-2 and passing of the B-36 into obsolescence, resulted in cancellation of the project in 1956, with the last FICON flight taking place on 27 April.
Upon cancellation, some RF-84Ks were scrapped, but others operated as reconnaissance aircraft with retractable hook apparatus still in place. Only three survive; one at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, one at Planes of Fame "Static Lot" in Chino, California and one at the Wings Over the Rockies Airspace Museum in Denver Colorado. (Wikipedia)
BLENDER 3D model.
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
The Aluminum Overcast; as one person already said, it had six turnin' and 4 burnin'; it says something that it took an aircraft of the scale and quality of the B-52 to replace it.
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trainguy101 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh, convair's B-36, 6 turnin, 4 burnin, what a butiful plane, is it not?
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Emigepa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes is unique, fantastic.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man...I love the B36! Check out Stuart Slade's "the Big One" about B36's in action to nuke Germany to end an alternate WWII.
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ACXtreme Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cool... I hope I see the day when they invent the anti-gravity generators
I'd love to see massive flying aircraft carriers
nice render
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DocWolph Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
It was tried for awhile before WW2 with biplanes and dirigibles. Barring finally understanding gravity enough to create vehicle that are gravitationally "buoyant" in a Gravity well, or creating a lift motor of some type, A flying battle ship or aircraft carrier is just a dream.

I'd still love to see it happen. The Civilian applications are huge. The end of over land trains and trucks, Cruise ships over the water instead of on it, Not needing to perfectly calculate a landing zone, when you could just fly by until you found one on some distant world.
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ACXtreme Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
actually that gave me a great idea.
I have been itching to try out the new Vue 10 landscape generator
..I might build somekind of a old spaceship that has been anti-graving above a forest for so long, that it has started growing a plant life on it's hull etc...
just sitting 20-30m from ground, all alone in the middle of nowhere, for ages
I just have to find some free time.
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Emigepa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great idea. I like it. thanks for the comment.
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templar127 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
NICE! Air refueling in WWII!
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