1956 ... tails of the Hustler!


... tail of a B-58 "Hustler". The last US bomber to have a tail mounted gun. It can be seen just below the elongated radome of the aiming radar. The preferred defense of the Mach 2 aircraft, was to simply outrun any fighters. It was said that there was some controversy surrounding the need for the gun; skeptics saying that at supersonic speed bullets from the Gatling gun would do little more than trickle out in the backward direction.

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1 comment:

Nat aS said...

The B52 also had a tail gun until 1991.