National Geographic : 1950 Sep
U. S. Air Force, Official In the Bowels of a B-36 Bomber an Airman Rides a Scooter So enormous is the plane that a 93-foot-long tunnel containing this miniature railway connects the pressurized forward and aft sections (pages 300-301, 307). Hugging his parachute, the crewman lies on his back on the car, grasps the over head cable, and pulls himself through the aluminum tube two feet in diameter. Navy's 8-ton Skyrocket Explores the Realm of Superspeed Brute power from jet androckets blasts the Douglas research plane beyond the speed of sound (pages 282,288). Loaded with fuel, the "flying swordfish" weighs 16,000 pounds. The needlelike test boom projects instruments into un disturbed air. A successor forthe Air Force isdesigned togomuch faster.