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BOEING RB-50E

Posted 7/8/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Boeing RB-50E
Boeing RB-50E (S/N 47-0122, originally B-50B-40-BO) at Jackson Field, Padua, on Jan. 27, 1964. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Boeing RB-50E was an updated conversion of 14 RB-50Bs, which were originally built as B-50Bs. The E model was designed for photographic reconnaissance and specialized observation missions. The defensive armament of 13 .50-cal. machine guns was initially retained, but later removed on most (or all) aircraft. The major updates involved the reconnaissance equipment. Better cameras were installed; updated and relocated camera platforms were used to increase stabilization required for the higher resolution cameras. The RB-50E served well into the 1960s.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
RB-50E 14 (cv) Modified RB-50B


TECHNICAL NOTES (production B-50D):
Armament: (Initially) 13 .50-cal. machine guns; none late in service life
Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney R-4360-35 Wasp Major turbosupercharged radials of 3,500 hp each
Maximum speed: 380 mph at 25,000 ft. and combat weight of 123,000 lbs.
Cruising speed: 277 mph
Range: 7,750 miles maximum ferry range
Service ceiling: 36,700 ft.
Span: 141 ft. 3 in.
Length: 99 ft. 0 in.
Height: 32 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 173,000 lbs. (maximum takeoff weight)
Crew: 10
Serial numbers: 47-119, -120, -122 to -132, -135

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