Castle Air Museum To Receive Supersonic Jet Bomber

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Officials with the Castle Air Museum announced they have been selected by the National Museum of the United States Air Force to receive a Convair B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber.

According to a statement released by Castle Air Museum officials, the bomber, which was the first supersonic jet bomber built, will arrive at the museum within 45 to 60 days. According to the statement, of the 116 bombers that were built, only six survives.

A single B-58 bomber, according to the statement, cost $12.4 million to build in 1960, which is equal to over $100 million in 2015. Officials with the museum said the bomber set a number of speed records, some of which were achieved by Air Force Major Henry J Deutschendorf, Sr, the father of late musician John Denver.

The jet bomber, according to officials, will be disassembled and hauled from Rantoul, Illinois, and moved on three trucks to the Castle Air Museum. Delivery is expected by early August.

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