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    Re: Sextant mount in B-36
    From: Mike Burkes
    Date: 2013 Jul 5, 09:04 -0700
    Hi FR and all ditto on B-36 one of my favorite planes also. I am old enough to remember them flying, rattling windows,cool contrails,etc. "Strategic Air Command" with Jimmy Stewart is pretty much centered on B-36 great aerial scenes. Even though it resembled the Boeing B-29 I felt it more resembled the Douglas B-19 of which very few were built. Any comments from readers? Thanks.
    Mike Burkes

    From: FrankReed@HistoricalAtlas.com
    To: m_burkes@msn.com
    Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 15:50:54 -0700
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Sextant mount in B-36

    Yep, right smack on top of that characteristic dome. I actually pointed this location out in a photo of a B-36 recently in my class using H.O. 249 while discussing the origin of these "air navigation" tables. Originally, the "rapid sight reduction" tables were created for nuclear strategic bombers of the early 1950s. Now they're popular with tradition-loving, ocean sailors. That's a big transition!
    I always liked the B-36, and I've seen three of the four (complete) surviving examples: one at the AF museum near Dayton, first c.1977 and again in 2006, another (while driving out to California a few years back) at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, AZ and I saw the third in 1988 when it was in Chanute, Illinois. It has since been moved to California. They have a "retro future" look to them --sort of "Buck Rogers, 1947 A.D.".
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