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    Re: Sextant mount in B-36
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2013 Jul 5, 09:04 -0700

    Out of curiosity, where are the four surviving B-36s located? 

    I have seen the one in Merced, CA (former Castle AFB).   Is this the one from Chanute?   Obviously the AF Museum at Wright-Patterson would have one.   I visited Davis-Monthon about a dozen years ago and don't remember a B-36, so that one must be recent.   And the other??



    From: Frank Reed <FrankReed@HistoricalAtlas.com>
    To: luabel@ymail.com
    Sent: Thursday, July 4, 2013 3:50 PM
    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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