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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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    Cathy S.
    United States United States

    It's going to be a gift.

    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Amazing tags! Packaging needs to be reviewed

    Recently bought 2 tags, Victor and B52, tags as espected are astonishing! 5* However, 2 tags arrived together in one small envelope separated by an invoice. This turned out to be not idea for their transit to UK and cards have been slightly damaged in the corners. Hope future orders will be packaged differently. P.s. My L1011 arrived packaged brilliantly together with small leaflets and other company advertisments, it was great!

    Warren L.
    Australia Australia
    Luck Guy 1

    The bird has landed, this special piece was delivered safe and sound all the way in the land down under. Very impressed with the quality of the workmanship and the presentation is inspirational. I purchased 3 pieces and would highly recommend this company.

    Erika G.
    United States United States
    My son loves it!

    Took 5 weeks to get this from CA to OH. It moved quickly from MotoArt to the USPS and then stalled. I filed a request with my local PO and was told that due to Covid the sort centers in several states were shut down and Ohio was severely overloaded and backlogged. I ordered bumper stickers from Louisville, KY, at the same time and it took them 4 weeks to arrive after they hit the USPS system. Louisville is only a 4 hour drive for me. I had planned to get this while my son was away working at Scout camp, but he was already back home and intercepted it bringing the mail in. He absolutely loves it! But now I have to get something else for him for Christmas this year... :)

    United States United States
    Pieces of history.

    Wonderful experience! I see that a lot of the bad reviews are the Post Offices fault, not yours and I would choose UPS as a better alternative. Mine still arrived, but not quickly. Worth the wait! Wonderful condition. Better than I imagined based on pics on your site. Honored to own a small piece of both of these aircraft. THANK YOU!

    Robert V.
    United States United States
    B-52 Lucky Lady

    This plane tag is awesome! You will love it!

    Kira R.
    United States United States
    I remember seeing this plane on the cover of LIfe Magazine.

    I was 9 years old at the time. I never thought I would own a piece of it. I got the Ohio Patina which is cool. Not only is it a great coloring it isn't smooth. I can feel the variations in the piece. I can't thank MotoArt for the PlaneTags enough. I am hooked on them and this B-52 is a great addition to my currently small collection. I am one of the customers that had a delay in getting their order for the B-52. It was stuck in the Post Office in Torrance, CA since July 4th. Customer Service at MotoArt was great in dealing with the Post Office to clear it up. It finally made it to Los Angeles and there it sits. Since I had recently placed another order for the L-1011 they included a replacement B-52. If I could I would give Customer Service a 10 and would buy them a drink.

    United States United States
    This one arrived fast.

    Ordered a B-52 tag in June. Like others have posted here , it got stuck within the USPS system. Being impatient , I ordered a second B-52 tag and it arrived in just a few days. I see that the one I ordered in June is now moving within the USPS , I should have my second one soon.

    Jason R.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Never recieved it

    If i had recieved it then maybe i could of left a review

    United States United States
    Have not received item.

    Order #335434. B-52 tag scanned by Torrance Post Office on June 30th. Scanned again by Torrance P.O. on July 4th. That was the last scan. Still have not received my item.

    Peter D.
    Australia Australia
    Review - Boeing B52

    The plane tag arrived at my Australian address this morning. I was excited to receive the skin from my favourite military aircraft. We do not see this aircraft flying in this country. I have shown the skin to my colleagues who were also excited to feel its surface and thickness. It is well worth purchasing from MotoArt. Regards Peter Dusha.

    Austin A.
    United States United States
    Never have revived it!!

    I cannot review this tag as it’s been sitting with USPS since 07/04/20. I haven’t received any response emails from the company either with the $80 tag that hasn’t been received.. Boeing B-52 Lucky Lady III - PLANETAG TAIL #53-394 Ohio Patina

    Michael T.
    United States United States
    Where is it ???

    All of the items I’ve ordered from PlaneTags have been great, unfortunately, I cannot review this one as it’s been sitting with USPS since July 4th, maybe they’ll deliver it soon ‍♂️

    William M.
    United States United States
    Never Received

    I am sorry to report that I never received the B-52 PlaneTag. I love these things, but now I am hesitant to order again.

    Eddy V.
    Belgium Belgium
    Plane tag B52

    Hard to tell; i did not receive it yet It still is in the usa

    April B.
    United States United States

    Haven’t received it yet!

    KEVIN G.
    United States United States
    Order disaster

    I have had a very poor experience with this because, well, it hasn't arrived, is well overdue, appears to be lost, and I won't even get any further updates about it until next week. Not very happy with this experience at all.

    Tom S.
    United States United States
    Never Received my Order

    I have never received this order! I do not have an experience to share. Help?

    Nolan T.
    United States United States
    Fast Service

    Placed order and got it quick! Cant wait to buy more.

    Nick B.
    United States United States
    Still haven’t received

    I would write a review, but it’s been over two weeks and I still don’t have the tag.