Tuesday, May 15, 2018

1950s Dam photos

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.

This view of the floating caisson shows the 'A' frame strut, which was bent by ice sliding down the spillway face.
The catwalk on rafts (foreground) carried power lines to the caisson. The caisson was built to repair the spillway
bucket section of Grand Coulee Dam with Pacific Bridge Company, contractors, in charge of repairs.
USBR photograph, 27 Jan 1950

From the Washington State Advertising Commission.

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