USAF Lucky Lady II 46-0010

USAF Lucky Lady II 46-0010

The Boeing B-50 Superfortress strategic bomber was a post-World War II revision of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, fitted with more powerful Pratt & Whitney R-4360 radial engines, stronger structure, a taller fin, and other improvements.

It was the last piston-engined bomber designed by Boeing for the United States Air Force.

Not as well known as its direct predecessor, the B-50 was in USAF service for nearly 20 years.

After its primary service with SAC ended, B-50 airframes were modified into aerial tankers for Tactical Air Command (KB-50) and as weather reconnaissance aircraft (WB-50) for the Air Weather Service.

Both the tanker and hurricane hunter versions were retired in March 1965 due to metal fatigue and corrosion found in the wreckage of KB-50J, 48-065, which crashed on 14 October 1964

Aircraft on display

From the 370 produced only 5 B-50 aircraft survive today, :

B-50A Superfortress, s/n ' Lucky Lady II (46-0010)
USAF Lucky Lady II 46-0010

Lucky Lady II (46-0010)

Is disassembled and the fuselage is stored outside
at Planes of Fame in Chino, California.

WB-50D Superfortress, s/n (49-0310)
At the National Museum of the United States Air Force
WB-50D 49-0310

WB-50D (49-0310)

at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

WB-50D Superfortress, s/n (49-0351)
at the Castle Air Museum at the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, California.


This was the last B-50 which was flown, being delivered to MASDC at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona on 6 October 1965.
It was put on display at the Castle Air Museum in 1980.

KB-50J Superfortress, s/n (49-0372)
at the Pima Air & Space Museum adjacent to
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KB-50J Superfortress, s/n (49-0372)

Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona.

KB-50J Superfortress, s/n (49-0389)

KB-50J Superfortress, s/n (49-0389)

at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
It is not accessible to the public.
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