Convair’s B-58 Hustler is the sleekest, sexiest bomber to emerge from the Cold War era. While the aircraft never saw combat, its high performance was an effective deterrent to the Soviet threat. A delta-wing design with four underslung engines, this aircraft’s imposing appearance had as much effect on the design of American cars through the 1960’s, which sprouted fins with alarming regularity as an homage to the coming of the jet age. The Hustler was very sophisticated, but was a hard aircraft to land and suffered a high accident rate. That, along with the advent of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, signaled the end of its short reign as the fastest, most advanced strategic bomber on the planet. It entered service in 1960, and served just ten years, with the last aircraft being mothballed in 1970. Five short years later, all stored B-58 Hustlers were sold for scrap, marking the end the line for a short-lived but glorious part of USAF history.
Models and Textures
5 models and 6 texture sets in version 1.0, plus even more available in version 1.1 (a free upgrade - see below):
- B-58A, Super Sue, 6592nd TS, Edwards AFB
- B-58A, 305th BW, 2nd AF
- B-58A , 305th BW, 2nd AF, Bunker Hill AFB - TCP
- TB-58A, 305th BW, Bunker Hill AFB, Indiana
- B-58A, 55-662, ARDC, Edwards AFB
- B-58A, Project Bullseye - SCP (official, but never used Southeast Asia camouflage over black scheme)
- YB-58A, 55-0664, Prototype B-58
Version 1.1 Developers Pro Enhancement Features
- High quality soundset included
- Detailed virtual cockpit with animations (stick, pedals, levers)
- Highly detailed and authentic 2D panel, all-xml gauges, fully mousable, custom pop-ups for radios, autopilot, GPS
- Animated crew entry hatches (shift-e)
- Droppable ventral Pod (2 pods on TCP model)
- Animated braking chute
- Animated engine turbines
- Animated engine nozzle petals
- Automatic control surfaces droop after engine shutdown
- Automatic moving intake spikes (Mach 1.42)
- Automatic afterburner flames & smoke effect
- High detail undercarriage with realistic retraction sequence
- Realisitic reflective bare-metal textures (not on 'Bullseye' camo variant)
- Highly authentic flight model with illustrated checklist
- Authentic landing and nav lights
This Developers enhancement is available at no charge to make the flying characteristics just that bit more challenging.
- Enhanced flight model characteristics including input from Beryl Erickson (Chief Test Pilot for the B-58 Hustler program) including the supersonic wall and correct fuel consumption figures.
- Enhanced/Revised cockpit gauges and revised 2D and VC panels
- Fuel Panel including Fuel transfer switches used for maintaining correct Centre of Gravity. Fuel tank selectors are also included.
- Refueling door switch now refuels your fuselage tanks to approx. 75% fuel
- SCP and TCP Fuel Pod release switches now affect the fuel load - when you jettison the pod, you jettison the fuel in them!!!
- You must reload the aircraft to add fuel back into them!!
- Various VC enhancements with more detailing on the textures, and a few modelling changes.
- Revised Checklists including Kneeboard links to instructional pages about the VC switches, landing tutorial including video (thanks for making it look easy Jay), and an information page about the various weapons the Hustler carried.
- 2 User flights - One that takes you from Guam to Hong Kong where you will be experiencing the Mach 1 wall, and must maintain a correct fuel consumption to complete the flight on a full fuel load. And the other replicates the low level flight from Carswell to Edwards in 'Little Joe'. This flight took place at 500 feet AGL or less and Mach 0.92 all the way to a simulated bomb run at Edwards AFB and back!!