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Boeing B-50 Superfortress

In 1944, Boeing began the Model 345-2, an enhanced capability B-29 Superfortress.  In addition to more powerful R-4360 engines (tested in another B-29 derivative, the XB-44), the B-50 received lighter, stronger wings and landing gear and an increased area vertical stabilizer.  The result was not only improved performance but a gross weight increase of almost 20 percent.

The new B-50 first flew in 1947.  This aircraft filled the strategic bomber role from the end of World War II until the introduction of the B-36 Peacemaker.

Converted to in-flight refueling tankers, the KB-50 served in Vietnam into the late 1960s.

Specifications (B-50A)





Type: Bomber
Engines: four 3,500 hp (2610 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-4360-35 Wasp Major turbocharged radial piston engines
Model 345-2: Boeing designation
XB-44: engine testbed
B-50: U.S. Air Force bomber
DB-50: Launch aircraft for GAM-63 Rascal missle
KB-50: tanker version
RB-50: reconnaissance version
TB-50: trainer version
WB-50: weather reconnaissance

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