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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.


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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GK
02/03/2021
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.

DC
02/03/2021
Declan C.
United States United States
Awesome Gift

Very cool item, 100% recommend getting it engraved

KC
02/03/2021
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!!!

DK
12/04/2020
Daniil K.
Russia Russia
Legendary plane

Proud to have a piece of this legendary plane!

GG
12/04/2020
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

GV
11/12/2020
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 :)

NK
11/08/2020
Nikolaos K.
Greece Greece
B52 Lucky Lady III

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

JP
11/02/2020
Jason P.
United States United States
B.U.F.F.!

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.

LT
11/02/2020
LAURENT T.
France France
Soplata collection...

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

DS
11/01/2020
David S.
Australia Australia
B52 tags

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

KG
10/03/2020
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 -

CE
10/01/2020
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.

CS
09/03/2020
Cathy S.
United States United States

It's going to be a gift.

M
08/22/2020
Marko
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!

WL
08/21/2020
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.

EG
08/14/2020
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... :)

N
08/11/2020
Neal
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!

RV
08/06/2020
Robert V.
United States United States
B-52 Lucky Lady

This plane tag is awesome! You will love it!

KR
07/29/2020
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.

P
07/27/2020
Patrick
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.

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