The B-36 with its range of 10,000 miles was the first true intercontinental bomber in the USAF fleet. It entered the service at the beginning of the Cold War in 1948 and enabled the delivery of nuclear munition on true mass scale.
The B-36 was a beautiful plane, however, from the beginning it was obsolete due to the piston-powered power plants.
Here are other posts from the National Museum of USAF (Cold War Opponents: MiG-15 and F-86A Sabre (Winter 2013), B-29 “Bockscar”, modern military airplane, Cold War and Vietnam Era Planes and WW II aircraft), posts from the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – this place is not getting old 🙂 (Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”, Aichi M6A1, Vought F4-1D Corsair, Horten HO III F, Panoramas of Museum, Restoring the glory, WW II airplanes, Modern Military aircraft). Enjoy!