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.


OUR PLANE'S STORY



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


 

Characteristics:

  • 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

DISCLAIMER


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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    EP
    02/22/2024
    Enrique P.
    El Salvador El Salvador

    The magnificent B-52

    One of my favorite military aircraft with a great history under its wings.

    H
    02/16/2024
    Hinson
    Australia Australia

    I love the smell of Carpet Bombing in the morning

    Got this tag for my old man who grew up in the Vietnam War era. This brought back so many memories where these big ladies would dominate the air during Operation Linebacker and others. The aircraft is just an unforgettable piece of history, which is still incredibly flying today. Respect!

    YG
    02/16/2024
    Yuri G.
    United States United States

    BOEING B-52 LUCKY LADY III - PLANETAG TAIL #53-394

    LUCKY LADY III // "City of El Paso" BOEING B-52 #1724 of 5,500 S/N 532-394 I sat my butt on one during an Air-Show in Camarillo, CA and that's a good reason to get this tag. Soft and clean light green surface. Beautiful tag of an aircraft with a exciting career.

    IH
    02/10/2024
    Isaac H.
    United States United States

    BUFF (Greens)

    Another classic tag with some unique history and a must have for anyone.

    P
    02/10/2024
    Paul
    United States United States

    Beautiful piece of history

    Beautiful tag with an awesome patina

    ND
    02/07/2024
    N D.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

    Amazing Tag - Got The Best Patina

    Amazing Tag - Got The Best Patina, lovely finish

    M
    02/07/2024
    Matthew
    United States United States

    Boeing B-52 Lucky Lady III

    Love this tag. It's amazing to own such an amazing piece of history. I've always loved the B-52 and had to have this tag. I proudly carry it on my backpack and love showing it off. My tag is really light green and silver on the back as the picture shows. I think the green the interior of the skin because the B-52 Lucky Lady III was silver on the outside, not green like the B-52s of today. Still a great item though.

    M
    02/07/2024
    Matthew
    United States United States

    B-52!

    Amazing piece of history, having this icon of the skys with you everyd

    LM
    02/07/2024
    Luca M.
    Italy Italy

    Amazing piece!

    It was truly amazing, as I received a piece with a few stamped numbers on it! This plane always amazed me since I was a child, thank you!

    JL
    05/02/2023
    Jesus L.
    United States United States

    love having a piece of history. Spent many a night guarding these quiet sentinels. Peace is our Profession

    PT
    03/08/2023
    Paul T.
    United States United States

    couldn't resist

    Purchased previously as a gift to an uncle who flew B-52, grabbed one for myself once available again. Have quite the collection going.

    LB
    03/01/2023
    Lawrence B.
    United States United States

    Boeing B-52 from Dr. Strangelove

    I was inspired to make this purchase as this plane is the star of one of my favorite movies, "Dr. Strangelove - Or How I Learned to Love the Bomb."

    RA
    03/01/2023
    Robert A.
    United States United States

    My piece of history

    It is a great feeling to own a piece of aviation History. It makes the stories I tell my grandsons a little more real! I look forward to new historical aircraft with real stories attached

    A PlaneTags Customer
    GB
    03/01/2023
    Gregg B.
    United States United States

    B-52 PlaneTag

    A nice addition to my aviation history collection.

    MS
    01/11/2023
    Mark S.
    United States United States

    Delta L1011 White

    Great addition to my L1011 collection. Many memories aboard the TriStar back when it was "fun" to travel by air!!!

    JR
    07/02/2022
    John R.
    United States 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.

    G
    02/28/2022
    Gauthier
    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.

    S
    11/02/2021
    Steve
    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.

    WT
    06/05/2021
    William T.
    United States United States

    B-52 Stratofortress tag

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

    MB
    04/03/2021
    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.

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