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Boeing B-50D 'Superfortress'

Description
  Manufacturer:Boeing
  Base model:B-50
  Designation:B-50
  Version:D
  Nickname:Superfortress
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber
  Crew:12

Specifications
  Length: 99' 30.1 m
  Height:32' 8" 9.9 m
  Wingspan: 141' 3" 43.0 m
  Wingarea: 1,720.0 sq ft 159.7 sq m
  Empty Weight: 81,050 lb 36,757 kg
  Gross Weight: 173,000 lb 78,458 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-4360-35
  Horsepower (each): 3500

Performance

Known serial numbers
47-163 / 47-170, 48-046 / 48-052, 48-053 / 48-062, 48-063 / 48-072, 48-073 / 48-082, 48-083 / 48-092 , 48-0093 / 48-0102 , 48-0103 / 48-0112 , 48-113 / 48-127 , 49-0260 / 49-0292 , 49-0293 / 49-0325 , 49-0326 / 49-0358 , 49-0359 / 49-0391


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Jayne
 UK, TX
I am looking for Frank Mcguire/Maguire (my grandad) who was in the 340th Bomb group, 97th Bomb Division based at Biggs AFB. He was positioned at Lakenheath UK March - May 1952 and was a co pilot. If anyone can help me find him or point me in the right direction that would be great.
Thanks
Jayne Wynne
10/05/2010 @ 05:24 [ref: 31123]
 Bud Winnett
 Wheeling, MO
This isn'r about the B-50D, which I loved, but was wondering if anyone here knows how I could locate a copy of the 330th Bomb Sqdn personnle roster.. 1951-1954. Need it/them to complete my own personnel file for that period.

Thanks
Bud
ragnald@greenhills,net
07/05/2010 @ 12:05 [ref: 26981]
 ROBERT OGDEN
 SUNNYVALE, CA
RE : ED FLECKS POST OF 1 19 2008
THE NAME OF THE PILOT IN THE CRASH OF B 50D # 49 0279 OF THE 340TH BOMB SQUADRON WAS ERNEST WELLS.
05/22/2010 @ 14:03 [ref: 26409]
 Bill
 , OH
I have some information on the B50 that crashed at Lebanon, OH
and would like to speak to anyone with any additional information. I have spoken with an eyewitness who lived across from the farm where the crash occurred.
I would especially like to get in touch with Krista, but I see no email address here for her.

my address:
tunasinn@(please leave this part out its just here to help block spam)yahoo.com





03/22/2010 @ 16:50 [ref: 25911]
 Bud Winnett
 Wheeling, MO
What an A/C. Loved that bird. Sure would like to hear from any one stationed at Castle 1951-1954, specially anyone from 330th.

ragnald@greenhills.net
Bud Winnett
03/30/2009 @ 12:46 [ref: 24045]
 robert ogden
 sunnyvale, CA
IN RESPONSE TO ED FLECKS MESSAGE OF 1 19 2008 REGARDING THE CRASH OF A B50 AT BIGGS AIR FORCE BASE IN APRIL 1951.
THE AIRCRAFT WAS OF THE 340TH BOMB SQUADRON,97TH BOMB WING.


I WAS A GROUND CREW MECHANIC ASSIGNED TO THE GROUND CREW OF ANOTHER AIRCRAFT OF THE 340TH AT THE TIME.
THE CRASH OCCURRED SHORTLY AFTER TAKE OFF IN THE DESERT THERE.AS BEST I CAN RECALL,ONLY ONE LIFE WAS LOST IN THAT CRASH,THAT BEING THE NAVIGATOR WHOSE STATION WAS LOCATED NEAR THE UPPER FORWARD GUN TURRET,WHICH APPARENTLY BROKE LOOSE IN THE CRASH.
03/30/2008 @ 07:04 [ref: 20293]
 robert ogden
 sunnyvale, CA
IN RESPONSE TO ED FLECKS MESSAGE OF 1 19 2008 REGARDING THE CRASH OF A B50 AT BIGGS AIR FORCE BASE IN APRIL 1951.
THE AIRCRAFT WAS OF THE 340TH BOMB SQUADRON,97TH BOMB WING.


I WAS A GROUND CREW MECHANIC ASSIGNED TO THE GROUND CREW OF ANOTHER AIRCRAFT OF THE 340TH AT THE TIME.
THE CRASH OCCURRED SHORTLY AFTER TAKE OFF IN THE DESERT THERE.AS BEST I CAN RECALL,ONLY ONE LIFE WAS LOST IN THAT CRASH,THAT BEING THE NAVIGATOR WHOSE STATION WAS LOCATED NEAR THE UPPER FORWARD GUN TURRET,WHICH APPARENTLY BROKE LOOSE IN THE CRASH.
03/30/2008 @ 07:03 [ref: 20292]
 ed fleck
 Vacaville, CA
To answer Mr. Rex Taylor's question about the crash at Biggs AFB in 1951, I find the following information that might help in his quest.
Air Force official records show that a B50D, S/N 49-0279 of the 340BS ( of the 97th BG I think), was involved in an accident at Biggs AFB, TX. on April 18, 1951. The pilot's name may have been Wells. I heard about this accident in 1951 while assigned as a B50 F/E at Castle AFB. Mr Taylor may find more information on this website: aair@aviationarchaeology.com Best regards, ED Fleck
01/19/2008 @ 20:55 [ref: 19366]
 ed fleck
 Vacaville, CA
I was the F/E on B50D 48095 of the 329th BS out of Castle AFB, CA, in July of 1950. My crew had landed at Wright Patterson AFB, OH, while enroute to Mildenhall, England. I saw the wreckage of a 15th AF B50 on a wrecking trailer brought into the base. It was totally destroyed and looked as though it had burned. I have wondered about that crash for 58 years, and now thanks to Vickie and Mr. Taylor, I have the answer. My best regards to you both. Ed Fleck
01/19/2008 @ 20:37 [ref: 19365]
 pete shelton
 northampton, FL
I was a airframe mech in 1950 at RAF mildenhall suffolk England looking after c in c of RAF bomber commands personal transport - a year 1935 avro anson the camp being no 1 RAF bomber base was in fact the only place you guys could get a b50 inside a hanger 3ft spare width but tail outside your guys flew in for 90 days classed as active service .
I made mates with many of groundcrew I flew afew times ate n your mess,--such food -- we were still on rationing.one particular friend was a Vincent Massey a NewYork Italian such a friend we named our 1st son vin.
But the b50 was some bit of kit 4-pratt&whitney 4360s thats 60 odd ltres to us ,a bit more than a lancaster or a B17 wich I had flown in ,
Im 78 now and think those were the days
pete
01/13/2008 @ 09:38 [ref: 19279]

 

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