B-36 Capital - A black and white photo of airplanes flying over the dome of a building
NARA B26062..11 Feb 49..Washington Post Photo
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the federal agency responsible for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the United States Capitol Complex, which includes the U.S. Capitol building, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the House and Senate office buildings. It was established in 1855 and is one of the oldest federal agencies in the United States. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the buildings and grounds of the Capitol Complex, as well as the preservation of the historic and artistic elements of the buildings.
The Convair B-36 "Peacemaker" was a strategic bomber built by Convair and operated solely by the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1949 to 1959. The B-36 is the largest mass-produced piston-engined aircraft ever built. It had the longest wingspan of any combat aircraft ever built, at 230 ft (70.1 m). Entering service in 1948, the B-36 was the primary nuclear weapons delivery vehicle of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) until it was replaced by the jet-powered Boeing B-52 Stratofortress beginning in 1955. All but five examples were scrapped. The B-36 was the first bomber capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons from inside its four bomb bays without aircraft modifications. With a range of 10,000 mi (16,000 km) and a maximum payload of 87,200 lb (39,600 kg), the B-36 was capable of intercontinental flight without refueling.
An atomic bomb and nuclear facilities images from the late 1940s and later.
The Album features American Aviation Historical Society photographs of pre- and post- WWII airplanes.