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Old 11-30-2010, 02:32 PM   #13
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B-58 Hustler here. 'Originally intended to fly at high altitudes and 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. This led to a brief operational career between 1960 and 1969. Its specialized role was succeeded by other American supersonic bombers, such as the FB-111A and the later B-1B Lancer.' It was a legitimate Mach 2.0 bomber. It was the 'Vindicator' bomber protrayed in the movie FAIL SAFE (one of my all-time favorites).
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