The B-50 was an upgrade of the B-29 Superfortress bomber, which had been used during WWII. Manufactured by Boeing, it was in service with the US Air Force’s Strategic Air Command between 1948 and 1960. The B-50’s bombload capacity was 28,000 lb (12,700 kg), which was much superior to that of the B-29’s 20,000 lb, as it had more powerful engines than its predecessor. The RB-50 and the RB-50E variants were used by the 55th Strategic Reconnaisance Wing as long range reconnaissance aircraft to patrol over wide tracts of land in the Soviet Union’s eastern skies in intelligence gathering operations, during the Cold War period. While the RB-50F carried out mapping and charting missions as it was equipped with the SHORAN radar navigation system.
Type: strategic bomber
Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in (43 m)
Length: 99 ft (30.18 m)
Height: 32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)
Power plant: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-4360-35, 28-cylinder, radial piston engines, which delivered 3,500 hp each
Maximum speed: 394 mph (634 km/h)
Range: 7,750 miles (12,472 km)