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The B-36, an intercontinental bomber, was designed during World War 2.  The airplane made its maiden flight on August 8, 1946 and on June 26, 1948 the Strategic Air Command received its first B-36 for operational use. By August 1954, when production ended, more than 380 B-36s had been built for the United States Air Force (USAF).  In 1958-59, the B-36 was replaced by the more modern B-52. During the years it was in service, the airplane was one of America's major deterrents to aggression by a potential enemy. The fact that the B-36 was never used in combat was indicative of its value in "keeping the peace.".Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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The B-36, an intercontinental bomber, was designed during World War 2. The airplane made its maiden flight on August 8, 1946 and on June 26, 1948 the Strategic Air Command received its first B-36 for operational use. By August 1954, when production ended, more than 380 B-36s had been built for the United States Air Force (USAF). In 1958-59, the B-36 was replaced by the more modern B-52. During the years it was in service, the airplane was one of America's major deterrents to aggression by a potential enemy. The fact that the B-36 was never used in combat was indicative of its value in "keeping the peace.".Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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Date: 27 Aug 2002
Location: United States of America
Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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