Last B-36 Peacemaker retired on this day in 1959

What a beast.

Here’s a drawing showing the progression of piston-powered heavy bombers:

Top to bottom:
deHavilland DH-4
Martin GMB MB-2
Martin B-10
Boeing B-17
Boeing B-29
Convair B-36

Click for better look. Help Murdoc out on the second one.

UPDATE: Nicholas correctly points out that the second plane is a Martin GMB MB-2, one I hadn’t even considered. (To tell the truth, one I hadn’t even heard of, I think…) Well done.

Also, another reader notes that the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona is in the process of restoring a B-36. See the page for lots and lots and lots of great photos.