Boeing B-50d Superfortress Bomber Plane
Originally designated the B-29D, the Boeing B-50d Superfortress was designed around the Boeing B-29 Superfortress addressing minor problems and attaining improved performance by utilising more powerful engines. A total of 371 Boeing B-50d Superfortress bombers had been built when production ended in 1953, production ceased as a direct result of the new jet powered designs, the B-50 remained in service with the USAF until 1965 when the type was retired following the discovery of dangerous levels of corrosion in B-50 airframes.
|Boeing B-50d Superfortress Specifications: |
- Crew: Pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, radio/ECM operator, two side gunners, top gunner and tail gunner
- Length: 99 ft 0 in (30.2 m)
- Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in (43.1 m)
- Height: 32 ft 8 in (10.0 m)
- Empty weight: 80,610 lb (36,560 kg)
- Maximum takeoff weight: 173,000 lb (78,470 kg)
- Engines: Four 3,500 hp (2,600 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-4360 radial engines
- Maximum speed: 395 mph (343 kn, 636 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 244 mph (212 kn, 393 km/h)
- Combat radius: 2,100 NM (2,400 mi, 3,860 km)
- Service ceiling 36,650 ft (11,170 m)
- Rate of climb: 2,225 ft/min (11.3 m/s)
Boeing B-50d Superfortress Armament:
- Twelve remote controlled .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine
- Single 20 mm (0.787 in) cannon
- 20,000 lb (9,100 kg) of internal bombs
- 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) of external bombs
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