Cruising speed knots. It was soon discovered that the high-temperature exhaust was a fairly good radar reflector at certain wavelengths. The MD-1 was a proposed electronic reconnaissance pod which used many of the shell components of the standard MB-1 free-fall pod. The 43rd BW received its first B on March 15, An A Blackbird under construction, The pod was mounted slightly off center from the aircraft's centerline so that it would spin-stabilize after drop.
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Johnson expressed skepticism of Convair's claimed RCS, and complained that they had given up performance to achieve it: The Pentagon was still unhappy with the current progress of B development--major testing and operational dates had still not been met and many unsolved maintenance and engineering problems still remained, and there was insufficient money for adequate spare parts. Mean time between overhauls was very limited and numerous teething problems were encountered. Various other seating arrangements were studied, including three- and four-abreast seating options. Brought up to BA-CF standards. The YB was to have full combat systems.
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Although the cause of the accident was never adequately explained, it appears that a design flaw in the aircraft's flight control system and defects in the integrity of the vertical fin structure were to blame. This pod was never actually flown under a B, although had been scheduled as the test-bed aircraft. Program backers managed to restore funding to a level adequate for as many as a dozen of the bombers; incoming President John F. Because the wing was thin in order to make it possible to achieve supersonic performance, the fuel had to be housed entirely within the fuselage. There were even schemes for building a supersonic transport based on the Hustler. The nose section would separate at the pivot point used for landings.
To reduce drag and still take advantage of ramjet performance, the next configuration circa August had four turbojet engines—like the B The nose gear was fully steerable from the front cockpit. The wing area remained the same square feet. The recommended rocket system involved attaching the booster above the aircraft. Bs were used in limited numbers as test aircraft.