Service History

A Historical Reviewof the Service of the B-58 Hustler with USAF
See Joe Baugher Commentary
The name "Hustler" was officially applied to the B-58 in 1956.  The B-58A & TB58A Hustler aircraft were operated by two U.S. Air Force (USAF), Strategic Air Command (SAC) Bomb Wings.  The 43rd Bomb Wing at Carswell AFB, TX, which later moved to Little Rock AFB, AR, consisted of the 63rd, 64th, and 65th Bomb Squadrons.  The 305th Bomb Wing at Bunker Hill AFB, IN (renamed Grissom AFB in May 1968), consisted of the364th, 365th, 366th Bomb Squadrons.  A more comprehensive history of its legacy is presented herein.  Some surviving Hustlers were placed on display or in museums.  However, during January of 1970, the majority of remaining operational B-58s were flown to 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.

#1 — 55-0660
XB/YB/RB-58
"Old Grandpappy"
Not Delivered to the U.S. Air Force

●    First B-58 flight 11/11/56
●    Logged 150 total flights totaling 257 hours, 30 min. including 28 hours 23 minutes at supersonic speeds
●    Made the first B58 Mach 1 and Mach 2 flights

●    Carried pod number B142.
●    Delivered to Kelly AFB, Texas on 3/15/60 and used as a ground maintenance trainer

Scrapped at Kelly AFB 03/60
#2  — 55-0661
YB/RB-58 "Mach-In-Boid"
& TB-58A
43rd & 305th Bomb Wings, SAC
Crew Chief:  George Hutchins

●    First flight 2/16/57
●    First B-58 flight with pod
●    First B-58 inflight refueling on 6/11/58
●    First B-58 human ejection on 2/28/62

●    Converted to TB-58A and served with 305th Bomb Wing, Bunker Hill AFB, IN

Arrived at MASDC on 1/9/70 and scrapped on 7/13/77
#3  — 55-0662
YB/RB-58
& TB-58A

43rd & 305th Bomb Wings, SAC
Crew Chief:  Unknown

●    First flight 5/6/57
●    First B58 pod drop on 6/5/57
●    First B58 to blow all tires during landing on 8/30/58
●    Re-designated as NB58 and used as YJ93 engine test bed for XB70 project

●    Converted toTB58A and used as chase plane at Edwards AFB for XB70 project
●    Assigned to 305th BW and set record by flying 256 sorties without a late or missed takeoff

Arrived at MASDC on 1/16/70 and scrapped on 7/21/77
#4 — 55-0663
YB/RB-58
& TB-58A

305th Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Billy Bruce & John Rassbach

●    On 3/12/57 carried by a Convair B-36 to Wright-Patterson AFB, OH and used for static testing
●    First flight 8/12/57
●    Made first B58 supersonic pod drop on 9/30/57
●    Made first B58 Mach 2  pod drop on 12/20/57
●    Used by NASA for SST sonic boom test in 1962
●    Converted to TB58A and served with 305th BW

●    Grounded in1969 following fire in cockpit area

On static  display at Grissom Air Museum, Grissom ARB, IN
Grissom Air Museum
#5 — 55-0664
YB/RB-58
Not Delivered to the U.S. Air Force

●    First flight 11/30/57
●    Flew first mission profiles for operational use from 6/27/58 to 3/17/59
●    Carried pod number B-122
Aircraft Accident on 11/7/59, 25 nautical miles SE of Lawton, OK:
●    Accident cause never absolutely established, test flight simulating outboard engine failure at Mach 2, but official report noted "design deficiency in that the directional restoring moments on the aircraft were not adequate for the test conditions"
●    Convair Pilot Raymond Fitzgerald — ✟ Fatality

●    Convair Flight Engineer Donald Siedhof — ✟ Fatality
●    No third crew member aboard


Aircraft Destroyed
#6 — 55-0665
YB/RB-58  "Snoopy"
Edwards AFB, CA, ARDC

●    First flight 9/28/57
●    First test aircraft delivered to the U.S. Air Force on 2/15/58
●    On 2/15/59 it was modified to test AN/ASG-18 radar system and associated GAR-9/AIM-47 missile for the F108 Rapier, and later the YF12A programs


Currently is a static derelict on the Edwards AFB photo test range
Edwards Photo Test Range

#7 — 55-0666
YB/RB-58
Not Delivered to the U.S. Air Force

●    First flight 3/20/58
●    Used as the GE J79-GE-5 engine test aircraft using a special centerline pod on 11/8/58
●    Flew 32 minutes at sustained Mach2 with the YJ79-GE-5's
●    Made longest B58 early test  program flight of 11 hours 15 minutes on 8/16/62
●    Carried pod B-134


Currently on static display at Octave Aerospace Chanute Museum,
Chanute AFB, IL wearing serial number 61-2059
Octave Chanute Areospace Museum

#8 — 55-0667
YB/RB-58
Not Delivered to the U.S. Air Force

●    First flight 12/14/57
●    Completed ten month long fire-control system tests at Eglin AFB, FL, in 1959 but no live ammunition fired

●    Carried pods B-1-1 and B-2-1
Aircraft Accident 26 nautical miles  ESE of Lubbock TX on 6/4/60:
●    Accident cause was loss of control in normal flight due to atmospheric conditions and subsequent abandonment of aircraft in supersonic flight regime
●    Convair Pilot Jack Baldridge — ✟ Fatality
●    Convair Flight Engineer Hugh Coleman — ✟ Fatality
●    Convair Flight  Engineer Charles Jones — ✟ Fatality


Aircraft Destroyed
#9 — 55-0668
YB-58 "Wild Child II"
RB-58 "Peeping Tom"
& TB-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Churchill Boger, Hal Sheasley & Frank Lee

●    First flight 5/13/58
●   Utilized for various special projects including, Hughes AN/APQ-69 SLAR and Goodyear AN/APS-73
●    Originally scheduled to be first airframe fitted with GE J79-GE-9 engines for B58B
●    Converted to TB58A and became last Hustler assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC 1/16/70, but was saved from scrapping
by the B-58 Hustler Association.  TB-58 55-0668 was disassembled, transported
to Fort Worth, and reassembled at the General Dynamics Aircraft Display Area
at Air Force Plant 4. When this area closed, the aircraft was displayed
at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, TX, until damaged in a Hurricane.
This aircraft is back home at Little Rock AFB.

Air Park at Little Rock AFB, AR
#10 — 55-0669
YB/RB-58A
Not Delivered to the U.S. Air Force

●    First flight 5/3/58
●    Used for testing of passive ECM system, engine performance, and autopilot evaluation
●    Scheduled for conversion to TB58A
Aircraft Accident on 10/27/59 7 miles West of Hattiesburg, MS:
●    Accident cause was loss of control during normal flight

●    Convair Pilot Everett Wheeler — Survived
●    Convair Flight Engineer Michael Keller — Survived

●    Convair Flight Engineer Harry Blosser —  ✟ Fatalility

Aircraft Destroyed
#11 — 55-0670
YB/RB-58A
& TB-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Ken Olson

●    First flight 6/26/58
●    Placed in climatic test chamber at Eglin AFB, FL on 7/8/58 and removed 9/58
●    Delivered to 43rd BW on 8/13/60 after conversion to TB58A
●    First flight after configuration on 5/10/60
●    Carried pod number B-178

Arrived at MASDC on 12/11/69 and scrapped on 8/16/77
#12 — 55-0671
YB-58 "Mary Ann"
RB-58A "All Day All Night"
& TB-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Charles Singleton

●    First flight 10/24/58
●    Flew 18 hour 10 minute flight on 3/22 thru 3/23/60
●    Converted to a TB-58A
●    Logged a record 179 flying hours during a 58 day test period
●    Later assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/12/70 and scrapped on 7/11/77
#13 — 55-0672
YB/RB-58A
"Q Twice" & "Clean Sweep" (simultaneously)
TB58A "Lucky 13"
& "Sweet Sadness"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  George Hutchins

●    First flight 10/7/58
●    Used for pod drop testing at Kirtland AFB, NM
●    Later converted to TB58A
●    Carried pods B179 and B13

Arrived at MASDC on 1/15/70 and scrapped on 8/3/77
#14 — 58-1007
YB-58 "Super Sue"
& RB-58A "Boomerang"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Hal Sheasley

●    First flight 11/8/58
●    Became the third TB58A and was assigned to the 43rd BW

Arrived at  MASDC on 1/15/70 and scrapped on 8/5/77
#15 — 58-1008
YB/RB-58A
Not Delivered to the U.S. Air Force

●    Accepted and delivered to the 6592nd TS for pod and suitability testing during 10/58
Aircraft Accident 12/16/58 (apparently the first B58 accident) 38 nautical miles NNE of Canon AFB, NM.
●    Caused by loss of control during normal flight when auto trim and ratio  changer were rendered inoperative due to an electrical system failure
●    U.S. Air Force Pilot Maj.  Richard Smith —  ✟ Fatalility

●    U.S. Air Force Navigator/Bombardier Lt. Col. George Gradel — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Defensive-Systems Operator Capt. Daniel Holland — Survived


Aircraft Destroyed

#16 — 58-1009
YB-58 "Sweet 16"
RB-58A "El Toro de Moron"
& B-58A "Bonanza"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  J Brush & Bill Tilghman

●    First flight 12/15/58
●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 12/16/69 and scrapped 7/11/77
#17 — 58-1010
YB/RB-58A "Hot Stuff"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Bill Rambin & Wayne Grinolds

●    Delivered to USAF in 3/59
●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 12/16/69 and scrapped on 7/11/77
#18 — 58-1011
YB-58 "Wicked Witch"
 RB-58A "Trailblazer"
& B-58A "Pulaski Hustler" / "The Polish Prostitute"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Joe Stephens & Tom Caldwell

●    First flight 1/30/59
●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    First B58 delivered to 43rd BW at Little Rock AFB during 8/64

Arrived at MASDC on 12/11/69  and scrapped on 6/6/77
#19 — 58-1012
Type unspecified
Not Delivered to the U.S. Air Force

●    First flight 2/59
●    Nav/bomb test aircraft
Aircraft Ground Accident on 5/14/59 at  Convair facility, Carswell AFB
●    Accident was caused by fuel leak and accidental ignition;
●    Convair ground support person killed —  ✟ Fatalility
●    Convair ground support person killed —  ✟ Fatalility

Aircraft Destroyed
#20 — 58-1013
YB/RB-58A & B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Robie Farmer

●    First flight 2/60?
●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational  aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Delivered to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 12/29/69 and scrapped on 7/25/77

#21 — 58-1014
YB/RB-58A & B-58A
  43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Tom Gaskill

●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Delivered to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/7/70 and scrapped 6/29/77
#22 — 58-1015
YB/RB-58A "Little Joe"
& B-58A "Ginger"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Welby Smith

●    First flight 3/19/59
●   Flew a low level (550 feet) mission from Forth Worth to Edwards AFB at average speed of 610 knots on 9/18/59
●    Made first B-58 sustained long range Mach 2 flight  on 10/15/59 during a 70 minute flight from Seattle, WA to Dallas, TX
Aircraft Seriously Damaged at Edwards AFB on 4/13/60 when right main tires failed during takeoff
●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Accepted by USAF on 10/23/62 and delivered to 43rd BW at Carswell AFB, TX
●    Moved to 43rd BW at Little Rock AFB on 10/25/62
●    Carried pod B-1-7

Arrived at MASDC on 12/22/69 and scrapped on 8/9/77
#23 — 58-1016
YB/RB-58A & B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Al Barnes

●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Assigned to 43rd BW
Aircraft Accident on 5/20/65 near Little Rock AFB, AR
●    Caused by a hard landing

●    U.S. Air Force Pilot Capt. Ralph Semann — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Navigator/Bombardier Capt. Steve Kichler, Jr. — ✟ Fatalility
●    U.S. Air Force Defensive-Systems Operator 1st  Lt. Ronald Smetek — Survived

Aircraft Destroyed

#24 — 58-1017
YB/RB-58A & B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Unknown

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
Aircraft Accident on 9/16/59 at Carswell AFB, TX
●    Caused by tire failure during takeoff roll and aborted takeoff

●    U.S. Air Force Pilot Maj. Kenneth Lewis — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Navigator/Bombardier Maj. Willis Edgecomb — ✟ Fatalility
●    U.S. Air Force Defensive-Systems Operator Capt. Lee Barnett — ✟ Fatalility

Aircraft Destroyed
#25 — 58-1018
YB/RB-58A
"Reddy Kilowatt"
& B-58A "Omega"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  James Gillispie, Eban Smith & Robert Brown

●    First flight 4/29/59
●    Participated in ECM system test program
●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at  MASDC on 12/15/69 and scrapped on 6/24/77
#26 — 58-1019
YB-58 "Black Dragon"
& RB-58A "Beech-Nut Kid"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Ernest Coker, Tom Leahy, Andy Perrier, Rich Bolcer
& George Hutchins


●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at  MASDC 1/5/70 and scrapped on 7/28/77
#27 — 58-1020
YB/RB-58A & B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  David Smith

●    Eventually modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Assigned to 43rd BW
Aircraft Accident on 12/27/61 4.3 nautical miles NE of Camp Cole, MO
●    Caused by engine flame out due to ruptured fuel manifold during normal flight

●    U.S. Air Force Pilot Capt. Clarence Montgomery — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Navigator/Bombardier Capt. Louis Hughes — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Defensive-Systems Operator Capt. John Roddy — Survived

Aircraft Distroyed
#28 — 58-1021
YB/RB-58A & B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Marion D Krause, J. Strahan, Claude Siders & Henry Stephens

●    "Lead the Fleet" Aircraft.  First aircraft modernized/upgraded to operational aircraft for Strategic Air Command
●    Delivered to Carswell AFB on 12/30/60
●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●    As of 10/65 had highest number of B58 flight hours  (1,078)

Arrived at MASDC on 12/15/69 and scrapped on 6/27/77
#29 — 58-1022
YB/RB-58A
Not Delivered to USAF

●    Stress test airframe
●    During 3/60 became fatigue test aircraft and used for cyclic loading tests through 1/61
●    Aircraft completed two months before conversion for tests


Destroyed during fatigue test  program five years after program initiation
#30 — 58-1023
YB/RB-58A
 Not Delivered to USAF

●    First flight 7/24/59
●   First production standard aircraft
Aircraft Accident on 4/22/60 29 nautical miles NW of Ogden, UT
●    Caused by loss of control during normal flight due to Mach/airspeed/airdata system failure
●    Convair Pilot Ray Tenhoff — ✟ Fatalility
●    Convair Flight Test Engineer Walter Simon — ✟ Fatalility

●    Convair Flight Test Engineer Kenneth Timpson — Survived

Aircraft Destroyed
#31 — 59-2428
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Harold Evans & Bill Moats

●    First B58 to incorporate an operational tail gun
●    On 11/30/59 became first tactical inventory aircraft accepted by 6592 TS
●    Eventually assigned to 43rd BW
●    Carried pod B196

Arrived at MASDC on 1/8/70 and scrapped on 7/6/77

#32 — 59-2429
B-58A "The Pulaski Hustler"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  James Everage, EJ Arnold & Bobby Pegoda

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●    First B-58 to attend Strategic Air Command bombing competition; participated in 1960 at Bergstrom AFB

Arrived at MASDC to 12/18/69 and scrapped on 8/2/77

#33 — 59-2430
B-58A
43rd & 305th Bomb Wings, SAC
Crew Chief:  John Dennis

●    Accepted by  USAF on 1/28/60 and delivered 2/10/60
●    Second B-58 to attend Strategic Air Command bombing competition; also participated in 1960 at Bergstrom AFB
●    Eventually assigned to 305th BW

Arrived at  MASDC on 1/13/70 and scrapped on 8/10/77

#34 — 59-2431
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Lowell "Bud" Pitman

●    Made 78 minute Mach 2 flight while assigned to 6592 TS
●    Later assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at  MASDC on 12/8/69 and scrapped on 6/29/77
#35 — 59-2432
B-58A "Regal Beagle"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  James Miller, Jan Boyd, Arturo "Rocky" Calvillo

●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 12/19/69 and scrapped on 8/1/77
#36 — 59-2433
B-58A "Now or Never"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Don Brown

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●    Carried pod B177

Arrived at MASDC on 1/7/70 and scrapped on 7/20/77
#37 — 59-2434
B-58A "Cannonball"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Robert Eklund & CA Cockrell

●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 12/17/69 and scrapped on 6/24/77
#38 — 59-2435
B-58A "Shackbuster"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Merle Priddy

●    Used during pod drop program:
    ●    First Mach 2 upper pod drop on 2/10/61
    ●    First Mach 2 lower pod drop on 8/8/61
    ●    First B58 multiple weapon drop
    ●    Conducted first over-water pod drops
●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●    Carried pods B-1-11 and B-2-16

Arrived at MASDC on 1/7/70 and scrapped on 6/27/77
#39 — 59-2436
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Bill Kilcoyne, Jim Carr & Ken Halbrook

●    On 8/1/60 became first B58 delivered to AF with complete tactical systems installed
●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/9/70 and scrapped on 7/5/77
#40 — 59-2437
B-58A "Firefly II"
& B-58A "Rigley's Baby"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
 Crew Chiefs:  Willis McGugan, CS "Sam" Bretz, Mike Chupurdy & Rich Bolcer

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
Aircraft Accident at Little Rock AFB on 7/16/1968
●  Main gear strut failure during landing resulted in permanent grounding

Displayed at the former Kelly AFB.  This base was slated to close and 59-2437 was to move either to Little Rock AFB or Barksdale AFB.  However, it is still located near the former main gate of Kelly AFB, now known as Kelly USA (Port San Antonio, TX) Industrial/Business Park
#41 — 59-2438
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Ted Shores & Dennis Lizun

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●    Periodically carried an LA-1 Recon Pod

Arrived at MASDC on 12/19/69 and scrapped on 5/25/77
#42 — 59-2439
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Ted Shores & Dennis Lizun

●    Used in ground suspended vibration tests and flutter analysis
●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/12/70 and scrapped on 8/1/77
#43 — 59-2440
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Bruce Lichti, Walter McClendon & John Foster

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●   The last known Hustler, 59-2440 from the 43rd Bomb Wing Carswell AFB, to be photographed in the United Kingdom at Mildenhall on 5/69


Arrived at MASDC on 1/8/70 and scrapped on 7/6/77
#44 — 59-2441
B-58A "Road Runner"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
   
Crew Chiefs:  Fay Jackson & Charles Kerce

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●    Along with 59-2442, participated in operation Quick Step
●    On 1/14/61 B-58 59-2441 set six high speed course records, including 1,284.73 MPH average speed while carrying  payload
●    Crew received Thompson Trophy

Arrived at MASDC on 1/5/70 and scrapped on 8/4/77
#45 — 59-2442
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
   
Crew Chiefs:  Don Williams & Charles Basler

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●    Along with 59-2441, participated in operation Quick Step

●   On 1/14/61 B-58 59-2442 set three world records for class, including 2,000 KM closed course flight averaging 1,061.80 MPH carrying payload
●    Observed carrying LA-1 Recon Pod
●    The last B-58 to leave Little Rock AFB

Arrived at MASDC on 11/12/69 and scrapped on 8/9/77
#46 — 59-2443
B-58A "Bye Bye Birdie"

43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
   
Crew Chiefs:  Alford C. Dick & Jim Lamarr

●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Aircraft Accident on 6/15/65 4/22/60 at LeBourget Airport, Paris, France
●    Caused by undershooting runway during final approach
●    U.S. Air Force Pilot Lt. Col. Charles  Tubbs — ✟ Fatalility

●    U.S. Air Force Navigator/Bombardier Maj. Harold Covington — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Defensive Systems Operator Maj. Vincent Karaba — Survived

Aircraft Destroyed
#47 — 59-2444
B-58A  "Lucky Lady V"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
 
Crew Chief:  Steve Morales

●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 12/10/69 and scrapped on 5/27/77
#48 — 59-2445
B-58A  "Sno White"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
  
Crew Chiefs:  Charles White, Richard Wraight, Howard Keck, Larry Freidt
& Guy Rotz


●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 12/17/69 and scrapped on 6/28/77
#49 — 59-2446
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
   
Crew Chiefs:   Waymon Williams & Charles Kerce

●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 11/3/69 and scrapped on 7/19/77
#50 — 59-2447
B-58A  "Rapid Rabbit"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Al Darcy

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
Aircraft Accident on 2/15/62 38 nautical miles E of Lawton OK
●    Accident was caused due to loss of aircraft control due to Mach and airspeed system malfunction during normal flight
●    U.S. Air Force Pilot Maj. John Irving — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Navigator/Bombardier Capt. John Fuller — Survived
●    U.S. Air Force Defensive Systems Operator Capt. Donald Avallon — Survived

Aircraft Destroyed
#51 — 59-2448
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
   
Crew Chiefs:  Herbert Payne, Jim Lamarr, Harry Surginer, Gale Williams
& Rich Bolcer


●    Assigned to the 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 11/20/69 and scrapped on 5/27/77
#52 — 59-2449
B-58A  "Hobo"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
  
Crew Chief:  Herman Stokes

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/13/70 and scrapped on 7/12/77
#53 — 59-2450
B-58A "The Firefly"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Peter D. Will, D Moore & Andy Perrier

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW
 
Arrived at MASDC on 1/15/70 and scrapped on 6/16/77
#54 — 59-2451
B-58A "Firefly"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Willis McGugan

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW
●    On 5/10/61 B-58A 59-2451 set world speed records over a 669.438mile closed course (avg. speed 1,302.048 MPH)
●    On 5/26/61 set New York to Paris speed record of 3 hours 19 minutes 51  seconds at an average speed of 1,089.36 MPH
●    Crew awarded the Mackay Trophy on 5/13/62
Aircraft Accident on 6/3/61 five nautical miles ENE of LeBourget Airport, Paris, France
●    Accident was caused by an attempted low-altitude aerobatic flight
●    U.S. Air Force Pilot Maj. Elmer Murphy — ✟ Fatalility
●    U.S. Air Force Navigator/Bombardier Maj. Eugene Moses — ✟ Fatalility
●    U.S. Air Force Defensive Systems Operator 1st Lt. David Dickerson — ✟ Fatalility

Aircraft Destroyed
#55 — 59-2452
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  W.W. Stewart. Vic Hernandez, Ron Gumm & John Amos 

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW
●    Carried pod B-1105

Arrived at MASDC on 1/9/70 and scrapped on 5/27/77

#56 — 59-2453
B-58A "Top Cat"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Harold Ward, Roberto Ramirez, & Marvin Kunze

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/5/70 and scrapped on 8/22/77

#56 — 59-2453
B-58A "Top Cat"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Harold Ward, Roberto Ramirez, & Marvin Kunze

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/5/70 and scrapped on 8/22/77

#57 — 59-2454
B-58A "Wild Child"/ "Patches"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Hal Sheasley & Howard Gay

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/14/70 and scrapped on 8/23/77

#58 — 59-2455
B-58A "Wild Child"/ "Patches"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Roy Self

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW
●    Carried pod B-1108

Arrived at MASDC on 1/15/70 and scrapped on 6/30/77

#59 — 59-2456
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chiefs:  Howard Ullrich, Roy Self & CA Reidy

●    Assigned to the 43rd BW
●    Used for sonic boom studies at Edwards AFB from 9/61 through 3/1/62
●    Became AFSC  aircraft
●    Set 85,360.84 feet altitude record while carrying 11,023 pound payload
●    Carried pods B-170, B-3-6, B-2-4, B-3-1, and B-2-15

Arrived at MASDC on 12/9/69 and scrapped on 6/1/77

#60 — 59-2457
B-58A
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
Crew Chief:  Roy Self

●    Assigned to 43rd BW

Arrived at MASDC on 1/8/70 and scrapped on 6/27/77

#61 — 59-2458
B-58A "Cowtown Hustler"
43rd Bomb Wing, SAC
 59-2458 61 B-58A Cowtown Hustler
Crew Chief:  CA Cockrell, Ken Waisner, Glen Keith & Richard Bishop

●    Assigned to 43rd BW
●   B-58A 59-2458 flew from Los Angeles to New York and back on 5 March 1962, setting three separate speed records, and earning the crew the Bendix Trophy and the Mackay Trophy

The aircraft was flown to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH, on 3/1/1969, was restored,
and is displayed in the SW corner of the Cold War Gallery

#62 — 59-2459
B-58A



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