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Convair RB-36H Peacemaker at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California

The Castle Air Museum opened in 1981, on a site adjacent to the former Castle Air Force Base. Today, it showcases 54 vintage World War II, Korean War, and Cold War era aircraft. The outdoor airpark covers 11 acres, and an indoor facility features photographs, uniforms, and other war memorabilia.

The airpark houses one of only four surviving Convair B-36 Peacemakers, a model RB-36H with serial number 51-13730. The photos below were taken by the author in May, 2012.

This is the only reconnaissance version of the B-36 on display, and was assigned to the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Rapid City Air Force Base, South Dakota (Ellsworth AFB after June 1953) from 1952 to 1957. In 1957, it was reassigned to Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois, and was used as a ground instructional airframe.

After active service, it was placed on display at Chanute's Air Museum. Later, it was transported to Castle on eleven flatbed railway cars. Reassembly and restoration took two and a half years.

For more information, we highly recommend a visit to the website of the Castle Air Museum

List of B-36 Survivors

The B-36 survivors are listed below ... click the links for additional information and photographs of the airplane at each facility.

Facility
Location
Model
Serial No.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, Ohio
B-36J-1-CF 52-2220
Pima Air and Space Museum Adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Tucson, Arizona
B-36J-10-CF 52-2827
Strategic Air and Space Museum Near Omaha, Nebraska B-36J-1-CF 52-2217
Castle Air Museum Atwater, California RB-36H-30-CF
51-13730

 

Photos of the RB-36 at the Castle Air Museum

Right fuselage view of the Convair RB-36 Peacemaker S/N 51-13730 at the Castle Air Museum
Convair RB36 Peacemaker S/N 51-13730

Nose view of the Convair RB-36H Peacemaker
Nose view of the Convair RB-36H

RB-36H Peacemaker of the U.S. Air Force on display in California
RB-36H Peacemaker

The shield of the Strategic Air Command, painted on the RB-36H Peacemaker
The shield of the Strategic Air Command, painted on the RB-36H

RB-36H Peacemaker engines
RB-36H Peacemaker engines

Plaque describing the RB-36H Peacemaker at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, CA
Plaque describing the RB-36H in Atwater, California