Trophies & Records

The B-58 won five aeronautical trophies: Thompson, Bleriot, Mackay, Bendix and Harmon. The Hustler also set 14 world speed records in international competition.
THE B-58 WON FIVE AERONAUTICAL TROPHIES

The Thompson, Bleriot, Mackay,Harmon, andBendix
The Hustler also set 14 world speed records in international competition.
In all, the B-58 set 19 world speed records, including coast-to-coast records,
and one for longest supersonic flight in history.
History of the
Thompson Trophy


Trophy Story

Thompson Race
History of the
Harmon Trophy


The Harmon_Trophy

History of the
Mackay Trophy


Mackay_Trophy
History of the
 Bendix Trophy

Bendix_Trophy



Combat ready B-58s set more records
than any fighter or bomber aircraft in the world!

(That
itself is a record!)

The B-58 won five aeronautical trophies:  Thompson, Bleriot, Mackay, Bendix, and Harmon.  The Hustler also set 14 world speed records in international competition.

SR-71 and B-58 Hustler Records Achieved

January 14, 1959

B-58, #59-2441, flown by Pilot: Lt. Col Hal Confer; Navigator: Col Dick Weir;
DSO Major How
ard Biala set six high speed course records.
 Crew Chief was SSgt Charles Kerce, Jr.

Awarded the 1961 Thompson Trophy



December 15, 1959

B-58 was flown 1,680 miles in 80 minutes (21 miles per minute!)


January 12, 1961

B-58, #59-0442, flown by Pilot, Major Henry J. Deutschendorf, Sr.;
DSO Captain Raymond R. Wagener; and N
avigator
,  Captain William L. Polhemus,
flew two times around a closed circuit 1000 kilometer course at Edwards AFB, CA.  It carried ballasts of 2,000 kilograms (kg) and therefore received credit for setting record speeds with zero, 1,000 kg and 2,000 kg weights for each of the 1,000 and 2,000 kilometer distances. They set six new world speed records.


Presented the Distinguished Flying Cross


December 15, 1959

B-58 was flown 1,680 miles in 80 minutes (21 miles per minute!)


B-58A, #59-2451, "The Firefly" crewed by Pilot, Maj. Elmer Murphy;
Navigator, Maj. Eugene Moses; And DSO, Lt. David Dickerson; set numerous records.

May 10, 1961

They flew a 669.4 mile closed course at an average speed of 1,302.05 mph
for 30 minutes 43 seconds.

Crew Awarded the prestigious Bleriot Trophy
(Permanently displayed at the United States Air Force Academy Library)


May 26, 1961

They set a 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 May 13, 1962
June 3, 1961

Maj. Elmer Murphy, Maj. Eugene Moses, and Lt. David Dickerson
were fatalities as a result of an aircraft accident five nautical miles ENE
of LeBourget Airport, Paris, France, while attempting low-altitude aerobatic flight

March 5, 1962

Pilot, Maj. Robert “Gray” Sowers; Navigator, Capt. Robert MacDonald,
and DSO, John Walton
flew non-stop from Los Angles to New York and back again in 4 hours, 41 minutes, at an average speed of 1,045 mph
 

Awarded the 1962Bendixand 1963 Mackay Trophies
(Both displayed at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton Ohio)
Bendix Trophy
This trophy is no longer awarded
and Major Sowers was the last recipient

December 15, 1959

B-58 was flown 1,680 miles in 80 minutes (21 miles per minute!)


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