That's exactly what the company pilots said about it, and said he must have more money than sense. Word was that the guy flew B-58s during his Air Force career, and just loved the plane. I remember the pilots debating wether or not you could throttle back two engines to idle after reaching altitude & cruising speed to save fuel, but I don't think they reached a consensus.
Very nice, realistic enough to bring back a great memory. About 1969-70 or thereabouts, a private individual bought a Convair B-58 Hustler to use as his corporate jet. After picking it up from Davis-Monthan airbase boneyard in Tucson, he headed north, developed a mechanical problem & had to make an emergency landing at Deer Valley airport, a small regional airport in north Phoenix. It sat there for months, and my Dad, who worked at the Sperry Flight Systems plant across the road, got the scoop. Turns out the problem was relatively minor, and was fixed quickly. The real problem was that the runway (at that time) was not long enough for a safe takeoff roll, especially with Adobe Mountain not far from the end of the runway. The long wait was because the owner was looking for JATO bottles & the necessary hardware to attach them. When he was ready for takeoff, (launch?) my Dad got word & we went out to watch. They even took down the fence at the east end of the airport to let him get a longer takeoff roll. It was incredibly impressive to watch, and it virtually leaped into the air. I would guess, after seeing the "launch", that he would have made it without the bottles & was just playing it safe. Thanks for posting.
Great photos! I almost wish I had something similar from my "Star Encounter".
From 1980 to 1984 I had season tickets to the Phoenix indoor soccer team, the Inferno, later re-named the Pride. My seats were to one side of the midline, about 8 rows up from the field. The seats on the other side of the midline next to me were owned by Walter Koenig. He didn't attend every game, probably 50%, and I felt really sorry for him- he could not get 5 minutes of peace to watch any game. People would not leave him alone, wanting autographs, pictures, souvenirs, and to discuss every episode & movie in infinite detail. He was always smiling & courteous, but you could tell he just wanted to relax & watch the game. Because of this, I never asked for photos or anything; after all, this was his private time, not a trekker convention. On the rare occasion when no one was pestering him and the game was stopped for halftime or such, we would discuss soccer tactics & skills, and it was obvious he was quite knowledgeable and must have played at some high level in his past. (I was briefly semi-pro) We would buy him a Coke or hotdog or nachos from time to time, and he was always grateful. My impression is that he is a genuinely nice, soft spoken, intelligent man, and probably too nice to the general public. I certainly miss my contact with him.
Fantastic saucer & fabrication! I'd be tempted to put translucent green or blue windows in it & backlight the cabin with a soft glow… or maybe frosted windows backlit with blue, green, or maybe purple neon. But even unlit, it looks killer!
Very nice, the red really stands out. I built an all black one for a customer years ago, but the details tended to be muted or washed out when viewed from any distance- the red doesn't have that effect.