When I hear the word Peacemaker the first thing that comes to my mind is Sam Colt’s .45 caliber revolver, famously worn (and used) by General George S. Patton, Jr. Thing is, his Peacemaker only held six shots; the Convair B-36 Peacemaker held so much more.

B-36: A New Gift for the Germans

The B-36 Peacemaker idea first saw the light of day in 1941, when the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC) put out the request for a bomber capable of deploying from North America. The U.S. was then worried that Britain may fall to German bombing raids, thereby removing the U.S.’s ability to strategically bomb Axis targets from British airfields.

The requirements set by the AAC could not be met with the technology available at the time, so some parameters were scaled back. Overall range was reduced from 12,000 to 10,000 miles, and cruise speed dropped from 275 to 240 mph.

Simultaneously, the Germans were also in the process of developing their own long-range bomber: the Amerikabomber, so named because it was meant to target, you guessed it, America.