GRB-36D 49-2701 flying over Grand Coulee Dam in Washington. Ten GRB-36Ds were modified. They could be distinguished by the AN/APX-29 rendezvous beacon antenna radome on top of the fuselage. Active duty GRB-36Ds were assigned to the 348th Bomber Squadron of the 99th Strategic Bomber (Heavy) Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. The Convair B-36 "Peacemaker" was a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated solely by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 was the largest mass-produced piston-engine aircraft ever built. There are fewer than 10 left, none flying, and few spare parts to be found. It's huge and would need a specially trained crew to fly. The cost in fuel would be prohibitive.
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