Hustler for Australia?

Last revised July 1, 2000

Probably due to its high cost and complexity, the B-58 was never exported to any foreign air forces. However, in 1959-60, there was an attempt to sell a stripped version of the B-58 to the Royal Australian Air Force. The RAAF B-58 was to have had the ability to carry conventional iron bombs on special wing root-mounted pylons. In the event, the RAAF was not very interested, and the project was dropped before any serious discussions could begin.


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