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The B-5O, the last propeller-driven bomber delivered to the United States Air Force, made its initial flight on June 25, 1947. The aircraft was first designated as the B-29D, but modifications to the original B-29 structure were considerable so it was redesignated as the B-50.

B-50s served with the Strategic Air Command as medium bombers between 1948 and 1954 when they were replaced by the jet-propelled B-47's. B-50's were modified for other roles such as weather-reconnaissance, crew training, photo-mapping, and aerial refueling. In these support roles, some B-5Os remained in service until the late 1960s. The most famous B-5O was the Lucky Lady II which on March 2, 1949, became the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world, completing the 23,482 mile flight in 94 hours. Boeing built 370 B-5Os, 222 of which were -Ds.

Span: 141 feet 2 inches
Length: 99 feet 0 inches
Height: 32 feet 8 inches
Weight: 173,000 pounds maximum
Armament: 13x .50 cal. machine guns: 20,000 pounds of bombs internally: 8,000 pounds externally
Engines: 4x Pratt & Whitney R-4360s of 3,500 hp. each
Max speed: 395 mph /343 knots
Cruising speed: 277 mph/241 knots
Range: 4,900 statute miles/4,258 nautical miles (without aerial refueling)
Service ceiling: 36,700 feet
Cost: $1,144,000 , United States Air Force, USAF
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