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BOEING RB-50F

Posted 7/7/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Boeing RB-50F (S/N 47-144, originally B-50B-50-BO) "Macs Effort" with armament. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Fourteen Boeing RB-50Bs were converted for use as aerial reconnaissance aircraft with specialized equipment for aerial mapping and geographic survey missions. These aircraft were redesignated RB-50F and had SHORAN (SHOrt RANge) radar navigation systems installed. Like the RB-50E, the -F model initially retained the defensive armament of 13 .50-cal. machine guns in five remote controlled, remote sighted, power turrets; however, the armament was removed late in the aircraft service life when the aircraft was used for secondary reconnaissance and training missions.

The RB-50F conversions were done in the early 1950s and the first aircraft delivered to the Strategic Air Command became operational in 1951. The -F model was used well into the 1960s in secondary reconnaissance and training roles.


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


TECHNICAL NOTES (production B-50D):
Armament:
13 .50-cal. machine guns initially, none on some aircraft 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: 47-121, -134, -137 to -142, -144, -146, -158 to -160, -162

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