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.
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)
- 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
- 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
- Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona.