The Convair B-58 Hustler was the first operational jet bomber capable of sustained Mach 2+ supersonic flight. The aircraft was developed for the United States Air Force during the 1950s, and would see service in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) from 1960 to 1970 with the 43rd and 305th Bomb Wings. Originally intended to fly at high altitudes and high speeds to avoid Soviet fighters, the introduction of highly accurate Soviet surface-to-air missiles forced the B-58 into a low-level penetration role that severely limited its range and strategic value.  Many were destroyed in aircraft accidents. After being phased out, the majority were delivered the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center (MASDC) at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.  After all salvageable equipment was removed, the 80-odd B-58s were apraylatted and stored at MASDC.  Then, a half-decade later, all of these Hustlers were sold at action for scrap. Only a few Hustlers are currently publicly displayed.


Individuals who were formerly associated with the B-58 Hustler,
in order to perpetuate their friendship and to promote further fellowship,
and for the mutual benefit of themselves and their families,
established the B-58 Hustler Association.

Those who designed, built, flew, maintained and supported the B-58,
and their families,
as well as individuals who simply love and admire the B-58,
are encouraged to join our membership.

In other words,

High Flight
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Why do we do what we do?

Most civilians do not really understand the mind-set of our military personnel. 
We take an oath to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the United States of America and its Constitution.  Then, to ensure the freedoms of the American people, we are often sent into austere environments without any understanding of what we may be directed to do and/or the possible residual effects which could be suffered.  Why did we do it willingly?  We are not heroes.  Most recipients of the Medal of Honor will state, "I only did what any other person would have done in these circumstances."  Unless we truly understand what it is like to walk in another person's shoes, it is extremely difficult to evaluate their way of life. We were extremely proud to have personally participated in the B-58 Hustler program.  Like our astronauts who gave their lives in the space program,we continued to fly our scheduled missions fully understandingthere was a possibility we would not return.  Weshared a history of losing numerous friends and comrades who were doing what we loved to do on a daily basis, and I have no doubt that wewould voluntarily do it all over again!

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