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Plan NOW to Attend Our 2018
B-58 Hustler Association Reunion
scheduled for May 3rd-5th, 2018, at theRadisson Hotel Fort Worth North-Fossil Creek
2540 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76106


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We Hustlers are aging and rapidly approaching our last scheduled flight!

For this reason, those who designed, built, flew, maintained, and supported the B-58 Hustler Program, their families, and others, are encouraged to join the B-58 Hustler Association.  Currently, we are actively recruiting our children and grandchildren, as well as other relatives, to become members at no cost to themselves.  This allows them to assist their parent(s) so they can participate in Association activities, and more especially, become escorts tofacilitate their attendance at our Reunions.  Likewise, they can maintain contact with other dependents who shared their childhood and help us to maintain the legacy of the B-58 Hustler Association for future generations.  We are also seeking individuals who simply just love and admire the B-58 Hustler who desire to join our family for a reasonable fee to participate and assist us in this effort.

In other words,
ANYONE CAN JOIN!

All persons interested in becoming members of the B-58 Hustler Association are encouraged to depress "MEMBERSHIP INFO" above and the sub-menu, "Application", right now to initiate the membership process. 


The Grissom Air Museum,1000 W Hoosier Blvd, Peru, IN 46970,
 B-58 Hustler Hoosier Homecoming on May 19-21, 2017 was a success!

Sixty individuals from the four corners of the continental United States attended. Many facets of the B-58 Hustler programwere represented by thoseat this homecoming.  Weshared highlights of our common experiences and teamwork. Comradery was enjoyed by all as we renewed the concept of "family" from the relationships and favorable outcomes, as well as the setbacks, we encountered a half-century ago.

The B-58 Hustler Association appreciates
Tom Kelley,
Chairman of the Board, and Jim Price, Executive Director, of the Grissom Air Museum, for hosting this B-58 Hustler Hoosier Homecoming and Armed Forces Day Open House, respectively.

Tom Kelley provided the following view of this event:

It was a “Gathering of Eagles”. Last weekend the Grissom Air Museum hosted a reunion of Hustler era Bunker Hill and Grissom airmen, many of whom were returning to the area for the first time in 50 years. These men flew and supported the mission of the world’s first supersonic bomber, the B-58 Hustler. The US Air Force maintained only two wings of these highly advanced nuclear strike aircraft during the 1960s, and one of them was at Bunker Hill-Grissom Air Force Base.

Col. Earl Barlow (ret) and his wife Dorothy came all the way from Spokane, Washington. “We got here on Tuesday because we wanted to look up a few old friends. But we didn’t have to come that early, most of them are dead”, the slim, energetic old man with a military posture, who had cheated death many times as a Hustler pilot at Bunker Hill and then a combat pilot in Vietnam added with a grin.

Another pilot, Lt. Col. John Yuill (ret) of Texas also went to Vietnam after the B-58 program was cancelled. Shot down in a B-52 during the 1972 “Linebacker II” bombing missions over Hanoi, Lt. Col. Yuill was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese. “I was a prisoner only for a short period of time. I received humane treatment and feel there is no way to compare myself to those "real" POWs who were prisoners for many years. The POW story is theirs to tell, not mine. I am honored to be associated with these men. I cannot say enough about their courage, faith and leadership. I will say that my short stay in Hanoi reaffirmed my faith in God, friends, and country. They all performed magnificently!”

Rob Blakeslee woke up in his Orlando, Florida home on Saturday morning and decided that he needed to be part of the Museum’s celebration. His father, Maj. Richard Blakeslee was killed along with the rest of his crew in a Hustler crash in 1966 near McKinney, Kentucky. “This is a family,” Blakeslee mused. “I was a junior in high school when my dad was killed, and although we’re scattered all over the kids I grew up with on this Base get together regularly.” Blakeslee’s surprise appearance at the Museum reminded everyone the importance of preserving the Bunker Hill- Grissom legacy.

Inspired by Bunker Hill air shows of his youth, Jerry Tharp, Dayton enlisted in the Air Force with the hope of working on the Hustlers. Instead, the Air Force sent him to DaNang Air Base, South Vietnam in 1969. “These guys were, and still are my heroes. If you ever saw a Hustler take off at night in full afterburner you’d understand why. Just to stand among them, even for an afternoon is an honor.”

During the memorial ceremony, conducted by the 434th Air Refueling Wing’s Honor Guard at Grissom, it was noted that; “These men, the most highly trained and disciplined in the United States Air Force were always cocked and ready as they stood on the forward wall of our Nation’s peace throughout the Cold War. Let us pause to remember and honor our causalities of that long Cold War, of their individual sacrifice, and the sacrifice of every Strategic Air Command family.”

Convair - Test Force
Air Force Plant 4, Fort Worth
MANUFACTURING
&
 TESTING
412th Test Wing
Edwards AFB
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Carswell AFB & Little Rock AFB 1960-1964                 1964-1970
OPERATIONAL
305th Bomb Wing, SAC
Bunker Hill / Grissom AFB
1961-1970

Permission granted to display all Milviz, Inc., B-58 pictures.
Mach 2.1 = Approximately 1625 Miles Per Hour or 27 Miles Per Minute at Altitude

Those affiliated with the B-58 Hustler program were pioneers in sustained supersonic flight during the period when vacuum tube technology was predominant.  The B-58 truly flew “faster than a speeding bullet!”  Five aeronautical trophies were won and many international records, some which remain unbroken as of this date, were set by this aircraft.  The B-58 Hustler was our major deterrent to nuclear war until the emergence of the space program and the advent of missile technology.  These programs were instrumental in winning the “Cold War.”  Unfortunately, politics resulted in its early demise after a short 10 years of operation.  The Hustler was phased out on December 31,1969, most were scrapped, and only a few of B-58 aircraft remain as static displays.

Rather Than Re-Inventing The Wheel,
I Suggest individuals Visit the Superior Websites
Developed by Other B-58 Hustler Association Members

Alex P. Brewer, Jr., B-58 Hustler Association Director, created a comprehensive website
which is now managed by his son, Randy A. Brewer
B-58 Hustler Page

Darrell Schmidt, B-58 Hustler Association Director, hosts another comprehensive website
B-58 Hustler House

Likewise, Purchasing Books from B-58 Hustler Authors
Can Provide First Hand Knowledge Of Their B-58 Program Experience!


Currently the book, "The B-58 Blunder - How the U.S. Abandoned its Best Strategic Bomber",

is the best and most comprehensive publication available to describe the history of the B-58 Hustler History.
It is available on Amazon.com in both soft copy and in electronic format for people with Kindle readers.

and

 Other Advocates of "Worlds First Supersonic Mach 2+ Bomber"


John A. Weeks, III, provides his perspective
B-58 Hustler Survivors


Kossack Air Force

Cold War Relics - Convair B-58


The Aviation History Online Museum
Convair B-58 Hustler - USA


Joe Baugher's research, provides a comprehensive coverage of the B-58 Aircraft.
However, despite the many quotes he utilized to complete his work,
many represent predictions and political viewpoints
which are neither valid nor reliable.


Convair B-58 Hustler Publications


1957 LIFE Magazine

The B-58 article "A Missile With Men In It" is on page 193.


However, by reviewing this entire publication, especially the advertising,
 today's generation might marvel at our way of life during the period
when the World's First Supersonic Mach 2+ Bomber, the B-58,
was being developed and becoming operational 
THIS WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE B-58 HUSTER PROGRAM,
MORE ESPECIALLY TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO MADE THE MAJOR SACRIFICE
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN B-58 OPERATIONS TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY!


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
ALL ASPECTS OF THIS WEBSITE!


The HEADER ON THIS AND ALL SUB-PAGES
WILL ALLOW YOU TO VIEW THE MAIN CATEGORIES,
AND IN MANY OTHER CASES, ADDITIONAL SUB-CATEGORIES.


Investigate all subject areas to determine how you can personally benefit.
Just click on the desired Header Category, and when provided,
Sub-Categories, to view several additional pages.
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THREE DIFFERENT
B-58 HUSTLER ASSOCIATION
FACEBOOK SITES EXIST


The sole purpose for creating the sites was to enhance communication between members of the B-58 Hustler Association and the Executive Council, respectively. Providing a PUBLIC B-58 Hustler Association site, which can be utilized by all Facebook members, was mandatory to allow development of TWO ADDITIONAL PRIVATE FACEBOOK SECRET GROUP SITES.  You must be identified "BY NAME" as a Member of the B-58 Hustler Association before you can join or access our PRIVATE FACEBOOK SECRET GROUP sites.  As a result, messages posted by our "MEMBERS ONLY" on these specific private groups can be viewed only by our B-58 Hustler Association members.

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Many members hesitate to join Facebook due to the public's access of their posts.
Although it is necessary to join Facebook to access these PRIVATE sites,
those who join Facebook can limit others access to their personal site.
Additionally, our members DO NOT have to post on the Public site.New Paragraph
Joining Facebook is a Personal Choice
Which Can Enhance Your Involvement With Our Group.
The Decision is Yours!

The PUBLIC Facebook Site

is identified by the caption


B58 Hustler Association

Non-Profit Organization           


This PUBLIC Facebook site is intended to increase greater interest in our Association.  It is available to everyone:

1.    To access this PUBLIC site, depress the Facebook icon located in the footers of this website.

2.    If already  a Facebook member, you currently have access to the PUBLIC B-58 Hustler Association site, and a Facebook screen will appear with a picture of a B-58, overlaid with our Hustler Association logo at the bottom left.  To the right of this logo are the words "B58 Hustler Association" above "Non-Profit Organization".

3.    If not a Facebook member, a box will appear over the B-58 picture which displays:
 
        B58 Hustler Association
        is on Facebook


        To connect with B58 Hustler Association sign up for Facebook today!

Select "Sign up" and follow the provided instructions to access to the B58 Hustler Association Non-Profit Organization page.

On this PUBLIC Facebook site, our members, as well as non-members can share personal experiences.  In turn, reliable and valid discussions concerning the B-58 Hustler Program can hopefully promote our B-58 Hustler Association and motivate others to become Associate members.

For our Association members who truly do not have any desire to become active here, they can choose to communicate with other Association members on the PRIVATE Facebook Group site described below.


The PRIVATE MEMBERS ONLY Group 

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B58 Hustler Association — Members
Secret Group
                                                       

B-58 Hustler Association members need to join this MEMBERS ONLY Facebook group site to privately communicate with each other.  Our members and leaders are located nationwide so proximity is a major factor in our level of participation.   When a majority of members elect to join this MEMBERS ONLY secret group site, we can enhance our ability to share information more efficiently and effectively on a more timely and routine basis.

The header of this MEMBERS ONLY Facebook page allows us to:

●    Have a private Discussion with group members.

●    Identify Members currently able to access this group.

●    Provide Event information related to planned or suggested Association or individually sponsored small group activities.

●    Share our Photos, personal as well as Association related.

●    Provide Files which can be accessed by group members for personal use.

By utilizing this Facebook site, we can improve our ability to communicate, improve the overall operation of the Association, and enhance greater teamwork.  We can share roster updates, including TAPS notifications, to keep our members better informed, and to engage in conversations with other group members on any matter we choose to improve fellowship.  Likewise, any time we choose, we can engage in private conversations using personal e-mail, phone, or letter mail using the current roster information located in Files. In other words,more timely interactions between the Executive Council and members can become commonplace.

TO BECOME BETTER INFORMED, JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK SITE TODAY!

1.    To access this PRIVATE site, a person must be a PUBLIC Facebook member, and be viewing the B58 Hustler Association Non-Profit Organization page.

2.    Next, it is necessary to become a Facebook "Friend" of the site Administrator.  To do this, DEPRESS THE BUTTON IMMEDIATELY BELOW!

Go to "Harold A Rumzek" Facebook
3.     When my Facebook page appears, click on the "Add Friend" button.  "Message sent" will be displayed, and I will be notified.  After your request has been received, the roster will be checked to confirm your Association membership.  Once verified, access to the "B-58 Hustler Association — Members ONLY" secret group will be granted.  Thereafter, a new Group menu should be displayed on your Facebook page to allow you to access both the B58 Hustler Association Public and Private Member sites.

The PRIVATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ONLY Group

is identified by the caption

B58 Hustler Association — Officers...
Secret Group                                                        


Executive Council members, when assigned to administrative position, are also granted access to the "B-58 Hustler Association — Officers & Directors Only" secret group.  This PRIVATE Facebook site is available to simplify and enhance their communications and coordination during B-58 Hustler Association interactions.
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Please Contribute to Our B-58 Hustler Legacy

THIS WEBSITE
IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
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All Members Possess Valuable Artifacts
Which Will Probably Be Destroyed Subsequent To Our Demise

ALL INPUTS, UPDATES, AND CORRECTIONS
TO MAKE OUR WEBSITE AN EVEN BETTER MODEL TO EMULATE WILL BE SINCERELY WELCOMED AND APPRECIATED

Contact the B-58 Hustler Association Historian


The B-58 Hustler Association is neither related to nor represents the U.S. Air Force or any official entity This website is solely intended to provide a comprehensive source of information pertaining to the legacy of the B-58 Hustler Mach 2 Supersonic Bomber and those involved in operations pertaining to its strategic "Cold War" mission.  The majority of inputs have been provided by those affiliated with B-58 operations. Every possible effort has been expended to provide credit to the appropriate references.  Copyright data, photographs and images are used with the consent and conditions of their owners, and should not be copied without their express permissions.  These pages contain hypertext links to external sites relating to the B-58 which are readily available to the public.  Thus, their respective authors retain responsibility for the content and crediting of the materials presented on such sites.  Likewise, we have no control over the accuracy, reliability, or validity of these data or sources.  Manydiscussions may contain duplication so individuals should carefully considerand select what theydeem to be factual, valid, reliable data that is applicable to their purposes.

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