The WB-57F was a United States-built, twin jet engine light bomber and weather reconnaissance aircraft, which entered service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1953. The world's last two remaining flight worthy WB-57s reside at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX as high altitude scientific research aircraft.
Most of the WB-57Fs were assigned to the Air Weather Service and conducted air sampling missions at high altitude. The aircraft were also used for sampling radioactive fallout after above ground nuclear tests conducted by other countries. Finally, the aircraft were used for traditional weather reconnaissance missions like storm tracking and were capable of doing standard photo reconnaissance missions using any of a number of different cameras including large cameras housed in pods and mounted on one of the wing's four hard points.
Handcarved Mahogany Wood Model
1/72 scale model