Boeing WB-50D 'Superfortress'
|  Base model:||B-50|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1924-Present|
|  Basic role:||Bomber|
|  Modified Mission:||Weather reconnaissance|
Examples of this type may be found at
WB-50D on display
Castle Air Museum
United States Air Force Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Robert L deems|
| I was a reciprocating engine mechanic on WB-50 bombers at Yokota AFB Japan from July 1958-August 1960 I was in the 56th Weather Recon. squadron. I also belonged to the Yokota AFB aero club. I got my private pilots license in May 1959 |
01/01/2014 @ 02:53 [ref: 68272]
| Bud Foster|
Fort Walton Beach, FL
| I was a ground crewman on WB-29 44-62089 and then worked in the WB-50 engine conditioning shop in the 59th WRS, Kindley AFB, Bermuda, from Dec 55 to Dec 57. The B-50 was easier to work on than the B-29. They also whole lot more comfortable for the aircrews. During the transition from 29s to 50s, my B-29 was mission backup to a B-50. When a maintenance problem scratched the B-50, the dropsonde operator, Earle Owen, complained, " Damn, now we have fly that old clunker." It was bad form to insult one's aircraft in those days. All in good fun, though.
08/21/2013 @ 10:04 [ref: 68026]
| Phil Hunter|
| With the 56th at Yokota 1962-1964, engine mechanic--my first assignment in AF. Went TDY to Clark--changed the life of this Kentucky boy--spent 30 years AF thanks to the fine people that I met at Yokota. |
07/27/2013 @ 11:45 [ref: 67977]
| Bob White|
| I was in the 56Wrs at Yokota from 1963 to 1965 as an Aircraft Engine Mechanic..After long missions that included Typhoon Penetration we were kept busy repairing Exhaust manifolds and many fuel leaks..I often wondered how they didn't have more incidents of fires.When i flew on a WB -50 from Yokota to Clark AB Phillipines i remember it as a flight to remember
Typhoon Penetration is no joke ..the aircrews deserve recognition for bravery & dedication..
05/21/2013 @ 07:41 [ref: 67825]
| Harold Akers|
| I served at McClellan AFB in 1959-1962 as an Aircraft propeller repairman on the WB-50D Curtis Electric Props.And like Donald Schneider's comment above (ref.23625)I spent a lot time at Hickim AFB,and went to Christmas Island,I also went on missions to Libya,Washinton DC to name a few. While I did not fly the Aircraft, I did travel on it many times. The WB-50 Aircraft was a great Aircraft.I would love to see one flying again. |
10/10/2012 @ 12:22 [ref: 67296]
| Eddie Jones|
Upper Marlboro, MD
| I was an aircraft General mechanic stationed at yokota AFB WRS 1962--1964. Flew on many flight that took me into the Eye of the Typhoon. The nightmare during these flights will always be remembered. I always trusted the WB-50 because I repaired it.
11/18/2011 @ 13:08 [ref: 50333]
| Doug Sharp|
| My father, Colonel Jack Sharp, was a meteorologist who flew B-50 weather missions out of Fairbanks and Tacoma '57-8. He wrote a book about his career called Cold Fronts which is hosted on the Air Weather Reconnaissance website: http://www.awra.us/coldfronts/ColdFronts.html
Chapters 3 and 4 cover his experiences on the B-50. He had some narrow escapes.
11/01/2011 @ 15:01 [ref: 49919]
| Wayne L. Wickizer|
Mountain Home, UT, UT
| 56th WRS 1957-61, 3000 hrs WB-50s, Radio Operator, A1C. "Hours and hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror."
MSGT Lonnie James was the NCOIC of the Radio Section. We worked hard, flew long, played hard, loved the 56th and Japan.
Retired Maj US Army Special Forces.
08/02/2011 @ 20:59 [ref: 44370]
| Conrad R. Layton|
| While in the 58th WRS at Eielson, AFB, Fairbanks, Alaska, I served as Crewchief/Scanner on the WB-29s. My crew was picked to be the training crew when we were getting ready to switch over to the WB-50s. This was in 1955. Our crew went TDY to Riverside AFB in California for this training. A month or so later we were assigned to return to McClellan AFB and pick up the TB-50 that we would use to train our other crews. I always though of how much better our missions would be with the WB-50s, like having a little more room and having shorter missions. (grin) Like maybe 14 hours compared to the normal 15 hour mission. I flew one mission (The Ptarmigan) when our air time was 18 hours and 10 Minutes. Upon landing my A/C ask me to dip the fuel tanks and give him a report. My report was no fuel in any of the tanks. (groan) We came in and landed on fumes. The sad ending to this story, I never got to fly a miossion on the WB-50 because I rotated before we ever got a WB-50. Although we did get all the crews well trained.
08/26/2010 @ 11:58 [ref: 29367]
| BUDD STEERS|
| 56th WRS Yokota AFB, Japan Airborne Radio Operator fm Sept 1958 to Sept 1960 2,500+ hrs Primary Wx Routes Buzzard-Hotel/North & Buzzard-Golf/South. Primary Grnd/Radio/Stns AIE-2 & AIF-8. Lt Col Commeth Sqd Cmdr, M/Sgt JAMES Radio Section Honcho. My Crew A/C Capt BUTZ, best B-50 pilot was Lt Yakalovich. Major Sakarowitz best officer. Sgt Kennedy my instructor. Flew with many dedicated, good men...My Warrent/Off Wx Man in Greenhouse wore G-Pilot Wings fm WWII. SPECIAL OPERATIONS included Typhoon Penetrations and Radiological Monitoring on routes and U S Eniwitok Atomic Bombs. Destroyed 3 or 4 B-50's from stress to airframe. The Go-Ju-Roku had one successful ditching by Guam 1958 & one crash fully loaded by Misawa AFB and no survivors.
THERE OF COURSE IS MORE TO THE STORY....
Domo Arigato. BUZZARD BUDD _... _.._. _... = B / B
07/07/2010 @ 16:37 [ref: 27093]
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