Newcomers to America's Jet Air Force 2-View Drawings
These 2-view drawings of the XB-58, F-104A, and KC-135A
were scanned from page 31 of my purchased edition of the October 1957 American Modeler. It is another
example of Walter Jefferies' fine scale drawings.
Newcomers to America's Jet Air Force
Scale Presentations by Walter M. Jefferies, Jr.
XB-58: Convair "Hustler," The Convair B-58 Hustler
was the first operational supersonic jet bomber, and the first capable of Mach 2 flight. The aircraft
was developed for the United States Air Force for service in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during
the late 1950s. 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. -
Starfighter, Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, the chief engineer at Lockheed's Skunk Works, visited Korea in
December 1951 and spoke with fighter pilots about what sort of aircraft they wanted. At the time, the
U.S. pilots were confronting the MiG-15 with F-86 Sabres, and many of the American pilots felt that
the MiGs were superior to the larger and more complex American design. The pilots requested a small
and simple aircraft with excellent performance. On his return to the United States, Johnson immediately
started the design of just such an aircraft. In March, his team was assembled; they studied several
aircraft designs, ranging from small designs at 8,000 lb (3,629 kg), to fairly large ones at 50,000
lb (23,680 kg). The L-246 remained essentially identical to the L-083 Starfighter as eventually delivered.
KC-135A: Midair Refueler, The KC-135 is derived from the original Boeing jet transport "proof of
concept" demonstrator, the Boeing 367-80 (commonly called the "Dash-80"). As such, it has a narrower
fuselage and is shorter than the Boeing 707 jetliner. Boeing gave the tanker the designation of Model
717. The 367-80 was the basic design for the commercial Boeing 707 passenger aircraft as well as
the KC-135A Stratotanker.
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Posted August 14, 2010