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Boeing B-52 Lucky Lady III - PLANETAG TAIL #53-394



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Around the world in 45 Hours & 19 Minutes
The first jet to circle the globe

Our Boeing B-52, tail #53-394, was known as Lucky Lady III. As lead Stratofortress of Operation Power Flite, the USAF Strategic Air Command's eight-engine jet bomber departed California's Castle Air Force Base in January of 1957, becoming the first jet engine to circle the globe nonstop via in-flight refueling.

The momentous 24,325 mile trip was completed in 45 hours, 19 minutes after landing at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California. The flight around the globe won not only the 1957 Mackay Trophy, but also landed Lucky Lady III on the prized cover of Life magazine.


Later renamed “City of El Paso”, this B-52 was retired to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Saved from the scrap heap by Walter Soplata in 1984, the PlaneTags team pulled her out of his forest collection, saving the aircraft for historical preservation and bringing to you as limited edition PlaneTags. Claim a piece of Lucky Lady III for your collection before she's gone.


B-52 Lucky Lady III



  • Manufacturer: Boeing
  • B-52B-35BO Construction Number (C/N): 16873
  • Serial #: 53-394
  • Crew: 5
  • Length: 48.5 m
  • Wing Span: 56.4 m
  • Height: 12.4 m
  • Max Speed: 1,047 km/h
  • Cruising Speed: 844 km/h
  • Combat Range: 7,210 km
  • Service Ceiling: 15,000 m
  • Bombs: 31,500 kg
  • Engines: 8 x Pratt & Whitney JT3D


Handmade Aviation Tags

PlaneTags are: 

  • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
  • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
  • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
  • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

- Please Note: Due to limited quantities, combination colors you may receive will vary.

*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    John R.
    United States

    B-52 review

    A special piece of a bomber that is still a vital cog in our nuclear defense. It would be great to see Plane Tags acquire the B-47 Stratojet to go with it.

    France France

    One small piece of S.A.C. goodness

    As a flight helmet collector and aviation enthusiast, I must admit that I have always had a soft spot for the mighty B-52 and S.A.C. in general. This skin tag is a tiny piece of History I'm very glad to have at home, greenish mate looks and smooth patina make it looks awesome displayed close to my B-52 navigator helmet and S.A.C. lighter / patches.

    Canada Canada

    B-52 Scary American Plane

    This particular B-52 tag was apart of a giant flex by the U.S. military to fly around the world nonstop to demonstrate nuclear strike capabilities. Must have when it comes to everything Cold War.

    William T.
    United States United States

    B-52 Stratofortress tag

    I purchased a solid yellow tag and am very happy with the project.

    Mick B.
    Australia Australia

    Happy as

    Great, I like the pattern and the texture. I have a piece of history that is simple in its nature but means a lot to me. Thank you.

    YING G.
    Singapore Singapore

    Boeing B-52 Tags

    Beautiful...no complaints.

    John B.
    United States United States

    Great gift!!

    Great product. Bought this for a friend who's dad had flown them. She was very touched thinking this could be one of the airplanes he flew.

    Greg K.
    United States United States

    Always an excellent product received and excellent customer communications

    I have collected many items over the years out of respect and admiration of many family members who have been aviators in the military, civilian and commercial side of the business including fixed rotors. My families entrance into aviation commenced during WW 2 with the Army Air Corps and continues to this day.

    Declan C.
    United States United States

    Awesome Gift

    Very cool item, 100% recommend getting it engraved

    Kimberly C.
    United States United States

    Lucky Lady III

    I bought this tag as a Christmas present for my stepfather. I also found a copy of Time magazine with this plane on the cover. He loved it!!! It made the perfect gift!!!! This is the 3rd tag I’ve bought and I see more in my future!!!

    Daniil K.
    Russia Russia

    Legendary plane

    Proud to have a piece of this legendary plane!

    Giampiero G.
    Italy Italy

    Rarities from aviation enthusiast

    Item conforms to the description and fast overseas shipping. I couldn't wait to have this testimony of a historic aircraft like the B-52 "Lucky Lady III" Thanks to Planetags for these rarities from aviation enthusiasts. I'll make more purchases from you in the future

    Greg V.
    Australia Australia

    Very Happy.

    Item showed up as advertised, very happy. Prompt dispatch, easy to track. Australia Post asleep at the wheel, not MOTO's fault of course, they held up their part of the bargain :)

    Nikolaos K.
    Greece Greece

    B52 Lucky Lady III

    Excellent work , exactly what i expected to see and my choice for a gift!

    Jason P.
    United States United States


    An amazing piece of history! What a unique item. I swear I can smell the oils, fluids, and gases that are distinctive of military aircraft.

    France France

    Soplata collection...

    Fantastic diversity of patinas from this B-52. Already 5 different variations of greens in my collection. Great series !

    David S.
    Australia Australia

    B52 tags

    Still not received item, still in Los Angeles, ordered mid sept, guess due to covid

    Ken G.
    Australia Australia

    It’s 3rd October and My tag has been in transit since 19th September it’s still in LAX

    I’ll let you know if and when I receive it -

    Charles E.
    United States United States

    Lucky to get a piece of the Lucky Lady III

    These tags are so fantastic that I bought four of them. They are not pieces from a random B-52, but from a Stratofortress that once occupied a prominent role within the Strategic Air Command. B-52B-35-BO 53-0394 (“Lucky Lady III”) had circled the globe in 1957 and was featured in Life magazine. Years later, after it was retired, the aircraft was sent to the old U.S. Air Force Museum in Ohio. With these PlaneTags, Dave and MotoArt have people again talking about a famous airplane that was likely forgotten by many people when it was largely hidden in Walter Soplata's collection. I’m grateful Mr. Soplata rescued parts of the Lucky Lady III from the scrapper, and I’m glad that Dave has made those parts into PlaneTags.

    Cathy S.
    United States United States

    It's going to be a gift.